Keeping Your Personal Data Safe from Prying Eyes
Mobile encryption is the process of protecting your personal devices from potential threats. While it is a vital part of data security, it is often for whatever reason overlooked.
Many people don’t consider that there might be sensitive data on their phones, tablets and other mobile devices until they’re lost or stolen. By that time, it could already be too late. The average person might not think that there is information on their device to be worried about, but more often than not there is a treasure trove of sensitive data that they wouldn’t want strangers to have access to. Once someone has lost a device, the sudden realization that a stranger, possibly a criminal, now has access to their email, home address, phone numbers of all their friends and family, and copies of personal photos starts to sink in. The good news is that there is a very easy, generally free, solution to this concern – encrypt your personal devices.
There are a few important things to keep in mind prior to encrypting your device:
- You will be required to have a passcode to get into the device. Do not lose that passcode! Without it you will not be able to access the device and your only resort will be to factory reset it. That means deleting everything on it, which is less than ideal.
- You will want to make sure your device is fully charged when you enable the encryption, and it is preferable to plug it in during the entire process to ensure it completes successfully.
- In many cases once you encrypt the device the only way to undo the process is to factory reset your mobile device.
The method to encrypt your mobile device depends on the platform (e.g. Android or Apple IOS) and on the version of the operating system they are running. To encrypt most Android devices, you will go into the Settings menu and then to Security. Once there, you will be looking to enable something called Secure Startup or Device Encryption. On most Apple devices, you will go into Settings and Touch ID and Passcode. Once there, set a passcode and your device will automatically be encrypted.
As you can see, enabling mobile encryption on your devices is usually quick and easy to accomplish. If you ever lose your device you will sleep a little better knowing your information will be secure and safe from prying eyes.
Want to learn more? Check out this piece by ABC7 which features our COO, Nathan Bailey. In it, he discusses the importance of data security and the risks an unprotected personal device can pose.