With the ever-increasing cybercrime rate, it is not viable to leave your data unprotected. Hackers are always on the look to find vulnerable prospects and steal their data to blackmail, bully or simply damage them. It is, therefore, necessary to be prepared for any such case. Encrypting your data is one such protection measure that can protect you well against hackers and other cybercriminals.
What exactly is encryption?
Encryption is the conversion of your data into a decipherable code. This means that your data can only be accessed by legitimate entities using a key. On the other hand, if someone tries to access it illegitimately, the code will be simply not be deciphered and thus your data will be safe.
Reasons why should encrypt your data
- If your data is unencrypted, it can easily be accessed by anyone having technical knowledge. They can then misuse your data to ask for a ransom or simply sell it to other data vendors.
- Some companies track and steal your unencrypted data to sell it to advertisers and other agencies who then use the data to show you advertisements or ruin your privacy.
- Even your own ISP (Internet Service Provider) can browse through your unencrypted data to track your online activities. They can then limit your internet bandwidth, or block you from accessing some websites.
- Government agencies can check your data to see if you’re visiting restricted websites.
How do you encrypt your data?
- You can set up WPA2 settings by going to your Wifi router dashboard. This will encrypt your local traffic and protects you against common attacks.
- You can use the Tor browser on different devices to encrypt your data. Tor browser encrypts your data multiple times and relays it across 3 different decentralized nodes across the globe.
- You can use some authentic browser extensions to encrypt your data. However, make sure that you are investing your time, money and effort into a legitimate extension.
- Messaging apps like Whatsapp, Messenger and some other uses end-to-end encryption to protect your communication from getting into the wrong hands.
- Just like messages, use encrypted email services to encrypt your communication through emails.
- You should only visit websites secured with HTTPS security. This protects your data and prevents hackers from getting their hands over your data.
- You should always use a VPN to protect your data. We can not stress this point enough. You see, a VPN is built to provide you with security and privacy. By using a VPN, your identity (IP address) is masked, the data is encrypted and your internet becomes more secure than ever.