We have the tag having 103 questions.

When should this tag be used, if ever? Isn't having enough?

  • $\begingroup$ maybe: cipher is about actual ciphers and their design (AES and stuff) and encryption is meant broader and rather targets using cipher for encryption and the question has some question f.ex. about the modes or other higher-level stuff. $\endgroup$
    – SEJPM
    Jun 26, 2015 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ The synonym was approved, so I've marked this as status-completed. $\endgroup$
    – mikeazo
    Jul 9, 2015 at 17:52

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I don't really see a valid use for it.

If you want to talk about encryption in general, well, use . If you want to talk about specific kinds of ciphers, use , or (and/or one of the more specific tags we have for subsets of those). I don't see much of a gap between those.

IMO, should be made a synonym for . In fact, I just proposed that tag synonym. Go vote for it.


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