How Encryption Will Prevent Hackers From Cracking Your Device

Despite what you might think, encryption isn’t just for spooks and confidential files.

Instead, it’s another tool you can use in your armoury against hackers. Just like two-factor authentication that we talked about in an earlier post.

What does encryption do?

The whole point of using an encryption product is to keep your data safe from prying eyes. It scrambles your data and asks for a unique key to be entered before allowing your device to be booted up.

If your device was hacked and you weren’t using encryption, your data would be clear and readily available to the hacker. However, using it makes your data completely useless and inaccessible.

Should you use a free service?

In a word, no – the encryption services that come free with your operating system or that are downloadable from the internet are free for a reason; they are no good.

That’s why it’s best to use a paid service. You can find them online for as little as £15.

However, having said, don’t use the free ones, there is an exception. Apple devices have encryption built into their operating system, which is rather good, so make sure you switch it on.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, and surrounding villages.  

How Protected is Your Company?

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One of the biggest headaches you face is keeping your business data safe from prying eyes.

You might think that because you’re not one of the big global players no one would bother about hacking into your systems, but cyberattacks on small businesses are becoming more common.

Data is big business and your clients rely on you to take every possible precaution to keep their personal information safe, so you owe it to them to make sure you’re covered.

Chinks in Your Armour

If you’re reading this thinking, “this doesn’t apply to me, I’ve got it covered,” think again.

Did you know that 25% of tablets and 35% of smartphones used in businesses are not equipped with security software?

Can you in all honesty say you’ve got 100% coverage?

This gap is leaving businesses vulnerable to all sorts of infections and attacks because they can come from anywhere at any time:

  • 39% come from accessing unsecured websites
  • 23% from downloading programs from the internet
  • 19% of malware comes via email

Those are some pretty scary statistics.

So what can you do to protect your business from such attacks?

Small Business Protection

You can protect your business without it costing the earth.

After scouring the marketplace, we recommend that our clients use Panda Security’s Small Business Protection.

It doesn’t cost the earth and offers lightweight, powerful antivirus protection for both new and older PCs. You can download it and enjoy complete protection without having to ask for technical assistance.

They’ve even produced this infographic to help illustrate the benefits of the product. We hope you find it useful.

Panda Security Small Business Protection

For more information about the product, get in touch and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.