Integrity

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See also: Security | Performance

Undivided and complete. In computers, referring to a file or data stream that is not changed in any way from the original. Integrity is a measure of security performance.

Information cannot retain its integrity if it has been spoofed or falsified in any way, regardless or not there is someone who believes a thing is said to be true, including yourself. Without integrity doubt and skeptisicm are introduced. If something is prone to error or attack it may be vulnerable or unreliable and become less popular.

Secure communications require that messages and data have not been altered, so that the message received are identical to the one that was sent. To make accurate decisions from trusted, users need to be confident that their data has not been modified since its creation.

Integrity-checking methods

Integrity is also an important facet of data backup and many archiving tools self-check for integrity upon decompression.

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