November 21, 2017

How to Encrypt almost anything?-Your Personal Data in Computers, Android and IOS devices, Emails, Internet Connection, Online Clouds?

Security and Privacy has become one of the most challenging and compulsory fight on the internet today. If you want your privacy than you should be able to protect it by yourself. As many websites, organization and also hacker try to take your personal data to monetize, you should fight to take your right back. Here are some of the devices and data that you should be encrypting.

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How to encrypt Personal data in Android Devices?

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Make sure you have a full charge on your device. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to encrypt all your data in your phone. Also be aware if your device turned off during encrypting you will lose all your data.

On your android device Navigate to Settings>>Security>>Screenlock. Only choose a PIN or Password and follow the prompts to confirm it. Please Remember don’t choose other methods like Pattern or Face Unlock. Choose really strong credentials for your PIN or Password.

encrypt your android phonesAfter you set your PIN or Password, scroll to the Encrypt phone option within the Security settings and choose the Encrypt Phone or SD card option. Select Next and confirm your PIN at the prompts. It may take long time to encrypt your data. Be patience and be sure you have full battery and your device will not turn off during the process.

How to encrypt Personal data in IOS devices like iPhone, iPad etc?

Set up a Passcode to lock your device under Settings >>Passcode. Tap on “Turn on Passcode On” and Give your Passcode. But First it is recommended to turn off the “Simple Passcode” and use a stronger, longer passcode or passphrase.

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In IOS devices like iPhone and iPad by having a PIN code you not only lock your device, you also encrypt your personal data. It is as simple as that.

How to encrypt your PC?

Microsoft’s BitLocker software makes setting up full-disk encryption in Windows incredibly easy as long as your computer is running on Ultimate or Enterprise version of Windows 7 or Vista, or the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 8.  and your computer has a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip.  The easiest way to see if your computer has a TPM chip is simply to attempt to enable BitLocker. Windows will let you know if you don’t have TPM chip or not.

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To enable BitLocker, go to Control Panel >> System and Security >> BitLocker Drive Encryption, or do a search for “BitLocker” in Windows 8. In the BitLocker menu, click Turn on BitLocker next to the drive(s) you wish to encrypt. You can also use BitLocker to encrypt Removable Media like USB stick.

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In-case if your PC is not running on Ultimate or Enterprise version of Windows 7 or Vista, or the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 8, we have already covered up for you. We have Reviewed Duplicati before that will help you encrypt your PC. It also works with Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH, FTP (and many more).

How to encrypt your Apple Computers ie. Mac?

FileVault 2 encrypts the entire drive on your Mac, protecting your data. It can also encrypt any removable drive, helping you secure Time Machine backups or other external drives with ease.

encrypt your apple computer with filevault 2First, Log in to your Apple Computer with an account that has administrative privileges and Navigate to System Preferences>>Security & Privacy>>FileVault. Click the padlock in the lower left of the window and enter your admin password in order to make changes, and then press Turn On FileVault.

It uses your existing account password so there’s no need to set and remember a separate password to decrypt your drive. In the event that you forget your account password, a recovery key is generated as a backup so that you can still unlock your drive. This will be displayed only once, so make sure to copy it down in a safe place.

How to Encrypt Your Email and Keep Your Conversations Private?

There are many ways to encrypt your emails.  Here, we will use Mozilla’s free Email program Thunderbird along with the Enigmail extention and GNUPG software to encrypt the message. Please kindly refer to this tutorial that we have set up for you.

How to Encrypt your Internet Connection?

Do you want to be secure, We mean really secure when you’re on the Internet? If so, then you want a virtual private network(VPN). A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryptions. But which software to use, there are many to choose from. You don’t have to worry, we have already covered up for you. Just refer to our article–What are the best VPN that you should use?

How to Encrypt personal data in Online Clouds?

If you think it is better to Encrypt your data before uploading into any online clouds to store your data than you should use Boxcryptor,  an easy-to-use encryption program that works with all of the most popular cloud services, is free to use (though you can pay for upgrades), and helps keep your data safe.

encrypt your personal data in online cloudsIn other hand there are many website where you can upload your data or make a online backup and they provides encryption on the data uploaded, you don’t have to encrypt the data- they will do it for you. If you are worried about your Privacy and you have security concern than you should consider using the website that provides encryption on your data that you upload on their website.  Mega, Tresorit, Wuala, SpiderOak are some of the awesome websites that encrypt your data to give you extra security.

Now you have encrypted most of the devices, emails or Internet connection that you should be encrypting. Get back your Privacy, and use encryption on each and every device or emails that you use.

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I'm an Engineer and have Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and information technology. Right now I am working as a software developer in Germany. All in all I love programming and I am a tech geek.