Cryptography is the core of cryptocurrency, and without it, none of the transactions will be secured, nor the integrity of any information is upheld. A public and private key is basically used to decrypt the messages encrypted in a complex mathematical algorithm within the cryptography methodology. While a public key can be widely distributed, a private key used in the crypto context is meant to be kept discretely as a password to safeguard your digital assets. The key is a sequence of random symbols available to any person (public key) or known only by its owner (private key)
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