I don’t think you understand, I don’t care about the theory of encryption.
What reads the keys stored in the wp_config.php?
What are these key making secure?
How are these key validating users?
How do these key block hackers?
How come a hacker can’t just view wp_config.php?
Are these keys stored anywhere else?
You say [quote]The short answer is that “Authentication Unique Keys and Salts” are part of password and cookie security.[/quote]
Imagine you need to explain this to a layman starting to use WP.
All I keep hearing is it makes my site secure but nobody is offering an explanation I get the feeling very few people actually understand how these things work and those that do can be bothered to explain it.