Why you should encrypt your data on your computer and how to do it

In the face of identity theft, online threats from viruses and other ransomware, it is important to protect your personal data on your computer. The most efficient way to do this is to encrypt the data, which is easy to do on Windows and MacOS.

Data encryption: essential …

Encrypting your data is essential if you don’t want a third party to get their hands on it. Hackers can copy your data and even block remote access. And keep in mind that even data that has been deleted can be recovered by malicious people.

Whether sensitive (administrative documents, medical records, private photos, etc.) or not, data must be encrypted to prevent it from ever falling into the wrong hands. A properly encrypted hard drive is completely unreadable by anyone without the decryption key, usually the administrator password. Once encrypted, the data becomes truly private and cannot be read properly.

… and easy!

Encrypting your computer is relatively straightforward whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac with macOS. While not offered by default, encryption is relatively easy to activate on a recent machine.

Under Windows, you must log into your Windows administrator account then go to “Settings” on your computer. Then you need to select “Update & Security” and enable “Device encryption”. If this feature does not appear, you must type “Manage BitLocker” in the search field on the taskbar, open it, then “Turn on BitLocker”.

On a Mac, you need to go to “System Preferences”, then to the “FireVault” tab in “Security & Privacy”. To activate this option, click on the lock icon and enter your administrator name and password. Therefore, the encryption operation will take place in the background, without the user noticing. Note that Apple provides you with a backup “key” if you ever lose your password.

Discover our other tips for choosing the right password, boosting your WiFi connection and securing your connected devices. – AFP Relaxnews

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