Information, Technology & Consulting

Smartphone Security: The Importance of Encryption

by Steve Nyman
Chief Information Security Officer

iPhones and Droids are lost and stolen every day. Let’s face it, even though our lives are stored on them, most people don’t protect the personal information stored on their phones.

Think about the data on your phone. Every personal contact, access to your social media accounts, bank account, various websites where you shop, passwords and personally identifiable information, perhaps even your social security number or access codes to various online services. You use this incredibly convenient device all day, every day, to communicate, log in to services, purchase goods and services, create and read documents and spreadsheets, take photos, share photos, transfer money, deposit checks to your bank account—and who knows, eventually you might be able to beam yourself to another city or do some time travel. Well, maybe not, but you get the point.

Now ask yourself, with all of this power, what could happen if someone were to take it from you and use it? How much damage could be inflicted on your personal life?  Steal your identity, steal money, harass your friends, send email and text messages to others as if it were you. Yup, chaos would result, and you would have to clean up the mess, which could take years.

Protect yourself today.  Set a password on your smartphone, and encrypt it. It’s incredibly easy to do. With iPhones, simply setting the password automatically enables encryption. On Droids, to set encryption you may have to select a checkbox setting in addition to the password, but that’s it. iPads and other brand tablets have similar exposure, but can be secured just as easily. If you need assistance, contact [email protected]

Password, or chaos, your choice.

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