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**"Triple-DES"**Triple-Data Encryption Standard. A symmetric-key encryption method which provides a key length of 168 bits.

Official encryption standard for encrypting plaintext three times.

See also DES. Triple DES is an interim solution for applications requiring strong cryptography. Because DES can be cracked relatively quickly under the right circumstances, Triple DES uses three DES encryptions with three separate 112-bit keys. _____________________________________________________________________________