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.
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