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Overview

We all have sensitive media, whether it is scanned photos of family passports, nude snaps of ourselves, voice recordings from client meetings, scanned in birth certificates, bank account details, the list goes on. For sensitive media such as this, we need an appropriate way to protect it – encryption provides a military level of protection from prying eyes and cyber criminals.

Time required: 30 - 45mins

Difficulty: Medium

Software/hardware costs: £19 (one-off)

Things to do

  • 1. Choose which encryption you need.

  • 2. Install the software and use it to secure your sensitive personal data.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Choose which encryption you need.

a. Option A: Device encryption (a.k.a boot-level encryption) protects the entirety of your device.

It encrypts everything each time you shut down or turn it off. I recommend this unless you store little personal data on your devices (which would be unusual).

b. Option B: Folder/file encryption allows you to encrypt individual folders or files!

Requires you to enter a passphrase each time you want to open that file/folder, so could be an admin burden...

TWO. Install the software and use it to secure your sensitive personal data.

a. Option A: Device encryption;

  • iOS: no action necessary (iOS devices are device encrypted by default).
  • macOS: Apple FileVault 2 comes with all macs. Check it is enabled by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault
  • Android: Settings > Security > Encrypt phone
  • Windows: Windows Bitlocker only comes with Windows10 Pro, not with Windows10 Home (which most people have).
    • To check whether you have it go to; Control Panel > System & Security > Bitlocker Drive Encryption.
    • If you don’t have BitLocker, either upgrade to Windows10 Pro or use a free product called Veracrypt.

Please note: encrypting entire devices can take a long time (hours) if you already have alot of data on there, so, do ensure your device remains plugged
in to the power at all times. If it runs out of juice halfway through you might ‘brick’ your own device!

b. Option B: Folder/file encryption;

  • iOS: download an app like ‘KYMS’ (Keep-Your-Media-Safe) to store sensitive photos and videos (£1.99)
  • macOS: use Hider2 (£19.99). Transfer your sensitive media into your new secure vault app.
  • Android: download an app like ‘KYMS’ (Keep-Your-Media-Safe) to store sensitive photos and videos (£1.99)
  • Windows: use FolderLock7 (£30). Transfer your sensitive media into your new secure vault app.

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