In the modern world, your personal data is the equivalent of digital gold and deserves to be protected. With more malware cases every day, it's no shock that more people are becoming more cognizant of data protection and encryption. This article will discuss what encryption is, why you should encrypt your data, and how to do it on multiple platforms.
When data is encrypted, it turns into a collection of characters or numbers that appear to be gibberish to anyone outside. The only way to revert the data to a readable state is with a custom decryption key that only the owner of the data has access to. If your device is fully encrypted, it's almost impossible for a thief or hacker to access the personal information stored on the device.
Encryption can also be incredibly important for businesses with sensitive data on company phones. Requiring that these devices be encrypted can be an excellent way to protect that data from corporate espionage or cyber-attacks.
Luckily in 2021, almost all popular mobile phone, laptop, and desktop PC manufacturers have built in data encryption options in their operating systems so there’s no reason to leave your personal data vulnerable on your devices. Here’s a guide on how you can quickly encrypt your devices.
Personal data on Apple phones is encrypted by default whenever the phone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID. Here’s how to check if your data encryption is on.
If your Android device is running version 5.0 and higher (2015 or newer), chances are encryption is already enabled by default. If it’s not, the steps to enable it are once again fairly straightforward.
For Mac devices, most newer products running MacOS have FileVault2 pre installed. If you have an older device then you might have to manually download FileVault2 which is available on OS X Lion or later. FileVault provides full-disk encryption which when active, encrypts all files on your device and encrypts new files as you write them.
Built in device encryption is available on supported devices running any Windows 10 edition.
To see if you can use device encryption
To turn on device encryption
For more information on data security best practices, check out our other blog posts:
What is Data Security?
Five Ways to Secure Data During the Summer