# Cryptographic security

*cryptography*,

*cryptology*,

*algorithms*,

*encryption*,

*security*,

*computational hardness*,

*provable security*

- Informally, "cryptographic security" describes the type of resistance a given algorithm has against attempts to decode messages encrypted by it
*provable security*: a proof must exist for the algorithm which shows that the underlying difficult problem has no "back doors"; in other words, an attacker has no choice but to solve the problem directly in order to break the security- provable security doesn't rely on simple obfuscation tactics that reduce the chances that a cipher will be cracked

*information-theoretic security*: security that doesn't rely on the limitations of current computing technology; heavily related to "information theory"- security of information-theoretic secure algorithms will not break down with the advent of new technologies, such as quantum computing
- a key example is the one-time pad algorithm (OTP)