Apple was in the news last year for battling it out with the FBI over encryption. During that time, John Oliver, the popular “Last Week Tonight” HBO host, chimed in to help Americans understand why encryption matters. Because it does!
He said, “Beneath the shiny, rose gold surface, they [Apple], like other software companies, are incredibly susceptible to hackers who are constantly finding flaws in their security features.” They dedicate a ton of resources to security and privacy.
And do you know what might be crazy?
To think that we might not be using that security and privacy!
Here are some basic tips on how to encrypt your devices, because even if you’re not Apple, you, too, are susceptible to hackers constantly searching for security flaws. They don’t discriminate between businesses, large and small, or individuals versus corporations versus nations.
Most Apple devices encrypt their data by default. Here’s how to complete the setup if you don’t have Passcode enabled.
On Android phones, the lock screen and device encryption are separate. Here’s how to ensure they’re both set up.
FileVault is available in the Mac OS. Here’s how to set it up.
Windows 10 sometimes defaults to encryption, sometimes not. It’s moody, we guess. Here’s how to make sure it’s storing your data encrypted or to set it up if it’s not. (Some Windows versions won’t have a built in option, unfortunately.)
With encryption built in to most of your devices, it’s easy to protect your privacy in this way. Go and do it! Feeling more private now? Good! We applaud privacy in all forms.