Encryption is the last line of your defense, the only thing that can protect your data if everything else fails.
What is encryption?
Encryption is, simply, taking some information that makes sense and disrupting it so that it actually seems pointless. The encryption key is important for the encryption and decryption process. The process of transformation according to a pre-agreed key is called encryption.
Nowadays, cryptography has outgrown the issues of message secrecy and today it is possible to encode almost everything. In other words, whether you want to encrypt phone numbers, text messages, data files, images, phone calls or entire partitions on a disk – it all can be done.
Why is encryption important?
Nowadays, we are creating more and more data everywhere; on our computers and laptops, smartphones and tablets; USB sticks and numerous Internet services. How can we protect them from unauthorized access?
Briefly? Not at all.
Smartphones and laptops can be stolen, USB sticks lost. Email passwords are often hacked by hackers after a sufficient number of attempts. Computer servers can be hacked, Wi-Fi networks can be eavesdropped on, and gullible users can be fooled by phishing. One way or another, malicious hackers will sooner or later gain access to your data.
How will you protect them? Briefly? By encryption.
Encrypt your cell phone
Smartphones are especially vulnerable due to a large number of applications and features, as well as due to the much sensitive data we store on them and carry them with us at all times.
Good to know is that cell phones have a built-in option to encrypt all data in the device, certain folders and encrypt the SIM card. If you want to protect your privacy of a malware for instance, you can do so in just few steps.
Before you decide to encrypt your cell phone, keep in mind that the encryption/decryption process slows down the operation of the device, so it is usually not recommended to encrypt older or slower devices. Each time you turn on your smartphone, you will need to enter a numeric PIN or decryption password.
Most desktop and cell phone operating systems support full disk encryption. If you turn it on, you will protect your data in case of theft.
Some consumers, especially when it comes to business users, require encrypted phone calls due to business requests and topics containing sensitive information, and on the other hand, there are users, business and private, who simply do not like the idea that someone else, uninvited, can be part of their business or private life. In these cases, end-to-end encryption is a standard security method that protects communication data.
Some communication applications and services use standard encryption to protect data in web browsers instead of sender-to-recipient encryption. With today’s way of life and communication at a time when we do most of our work online and when we rely on online communication in private communication with family and friends, more and more measures are being taken to raise the level of security and to develop new encryption solutions in general.
In any case, encryption is a process and can be done through a specific application, service or by following predefined encryption steps, and without the encryption process itself, encryption is possible, as well as the security it provides.
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