When the topic of encrypting your devices comes up, there are many questions that can be asked. What is data encryption? Why should I be encrypting my devices? What does encrypting do? We’re here to give you all the details you need to know about encryption.

Let’s start with the basics: what is data encryption? Data encryption is a security technique that makes information indecipherable, and  can only be deciphered by the person who encrypts that device in the first place. Simply put, your information is locked up for safekeeping and cybercriminals can’t spy on you. If someone were to try to hack into your device, the information they would be seeing would be scrambled to the point that it’s deemed not useful.  The user has a code that can unlock this data, but be careful about choosing your code. Like a personal identification number (PIN) for a bank, don’t make it something that could easily be guessed. Don’t use birthdays or anything personal. Be smart about it!

Why should you be encrypting your devices? We suggest encrypting any device you use. Computers and cell phones hold a lot of personal identifiable information (PII). You don’t want anyone intercepting that information. If you don’t encrypt your devices, then you’re inviting someone to steal your information.

Is it foolproof? No. Nothing is 100% foolproof when it comes to cybersecurity. With that being said, if a hacker sees your devices are encrypted, they’re more likely to move on to their next victim. They want a quick and easy target. Some people might think their devices don’t hold useful information for hackers, but you’re wrong. Email addresses, passwords, internet browsing history are just three of the basic things that cybercriminals look for when they gain access to people’s devices. Device encryption is a necessary step to keep hackers away.  It’s an extra added layer of security to keep your personal information secure. Who doesn’t want an extra layer of security? 

Here’s a list of reasons everyone should encrypt their devices:

Everyone’s data is useful to a hacker.

A big mistake people make when it comes to cybersecurity is “Only big companies need to do this.” This is completely false. Even individuals’ information is useful to hackers. If you keep email addresses, passwords, browsing history, or payment information on your devices, then you’re a target for cybercriminals.

It’s easy to encrypt all of your technology.

There are many options when it comes to finding a service/software to encrypt your devices. The great thing about modern technology is that things are always improving. If you have any Apple products, they automatically encrypt their devices so that their customers don’t have to. iPhones and iPads are encrypted using Data Protection and FileVault is used to encrypt Mac computers. If you are using another kind of computer, there are plenty of options for encryption. AxCrypt, NordLocker, and CertainSafe are awesome choices, but do some research to see what’s best for you.

Encrypting devices protects people working from home. 

Working from home is normal in today’s day and time. Since the pandemic began, a large number of people are working remotely. While working from home is nice in a lot of ways, people become more relaxed with their work environment. Hackers know this and take advantage of it. They think that employees’ guards will be down, and they’ll be an easy target. Since the beginning of the pandemic, ZDNet reports that remote workers have caused a data breach in 20% of organizations. There’s no way to know whether or not these workers used encrypted devices, but encrypted devices are a great way to make sure your organization isn’t part of a data breach.

Encrypting your devices might seem unnecessary, but it’s an extremely helpful tool to help secure your data. We hope that this breakdown of what data encryption is and some reasons why you should encrypt will help you keep your data safe!