Encryption Guide for Your Business & Personal Devices

In an era when digital security is more crucial than ever, encryption is the first line of defence in protecting sensitive information.
As an insurance broker, we recognise the importance of ensuring that all devices utilised by our clients are encrypted. This not only safeguards personal and financial data, but also meets the compliance requirements of our insurer partners.

As each device works differently, select yours from the list below to see how you can ensure your devices are encrypted.

What is Encryption?

Encryption is like turning a message into a secret code that only certain people can understand.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Turning Data into Secret Code: It changes information you can read into a secret code (think of gibberish) that no one can understand without a special key.
  2. The Key to Decode: To change the secret code back into information you can read, you need a special key. Without this key, the information stays secret.

In short, encryption is a way to keep information safe and secret, ensuring that only the right people can read it.

Why is Encryption Important?

Imagine encryption as a super-secure lock that keeps your business’s digital information safe.

Here’s why it’s so important, in simple terms:

  1. Keeps Your Data Safe: As cyber criminals get smarter; encryption keeps your business’s information safe from attacks and unwanted snooping.
  2. Protects Privacy: It ensures that private stuff, like customer details and financial records, stays just that—private. Only those who are meant to see it, can.
  3. Follows the Rules: Many businesses must follow certain rules about keeping customer information safe. Encryption helps you do just that, so you don’t get into trouble or face fines.
  4. Builds Trust: Using encryption shows your customers and partners you’re serious about keeping their information safe. This helps build trust, showing you care about their privacy.

So, now that you understand encryption and why it’s required on your devices, the next question is how to ensure your devices are encrypted. Each device (Windows, Android, iPhone) works differently.

Our steps below will assist you based on the types of devices you have.

How to Ensure Your Devices are Encrypted

Windows Devices

Windows offers encryption through BitLocker, which is available on Windows Pro or Enterprise editions. It’s important to note that BitLocker is not enabled by default and must be activated manually. Here’s how you can secure your Windows device:

For Windows Pro, Education or Enterprise Editions:

  1. To enable BitLocker, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Device Encryption or search for “BitLocker settings.”
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to encrypt your device.

Note that some manufacturers, such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo, might preconfigure devices with BitLocker enabled.

For Windows Home Edition:

If you are using Windows Home, BitLocker won’t be available. Windows does allow encryption without BitLocker if your device meets certain hardware requirements. Alternatively, you will need to find compatible third-party encryption software to protect your device.

Apple Devices

Apple devices use FileVault for encryption, providing robust protection for your data.

MacOS Devices:

  • With Apple Silicon or Apple T2 Security Chip: Devices, including those based on M1 chips, are automatically encrypted.
  • Without Apple Silicon or Apple T2 Security Chip: You’ll need to manually enable FileVault by going to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Privacy & Security > FileVault.

iOS Devices (iPhones):

Since iOS 8, all iPhones have been encrypted by default once locked with a passcode, FaceID, or TouchID. For messaging:

  • iMessages: Messages sent between Apple devices (iPhones, iMacs, iPads) are protected with end-to-end encryption.
  • Messages to Non-Apple Devices: When sending messages to devices outside the Apple ecosystem, consider using encrypted messaging services like Telegram, WhatsApp, or Signal for enhanced security.

Android Devices

Android has made significant strides in device encryption since Android 5.1 (Lollipop), ensuring user data is protected.

  • Automatic Encryption: Devices running Android 5.1 or later automatically encrypt data when secured with a swipe, pattern, pin, or password.
  • Messaging Security: While device encryption secures your data, text messages (SMS) are not encrypted. For secure messaging, it’s recommended to use services like Telegram, WhatsApp, or Signal, which offer end-to-end encryption.

Still Need More Assistance?

We understand that this can be a complex undertaking for some businesses, especially those without their own IT providers. Please feel free to reach out to your Webber Insurance broker for more assistance.

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