# Ciphertext

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This article is about encrypted information. For an overview of cryptographic technology in general, see Cryptography.

In cryptography, **ciphertext** or **cyphertext** is the result of encryption performed on plaintext using an algorithm, called a cipher.^{[1]} Ciphertext is also known as encrypted or encoded information because it contains a form of the original plaintext that is unreadable by a human or computer without the proper cipher to decrypt it. This process prevents the loss of sensitive information via hacking. Decryption, the inverse of encryption, is the process of turning ciphertext into readable plaintext. Ciphertext is not to be confused with codetext because the latter is a result of a code, not a cipher.