Have you ever wanted to feel like a secret agent? Well, this is your opportunity! Did you know that you could encrypt your hard drive to protect the information on your computer? This disk encryption is an excellent way to secure your data, whether at home or on the go with a laptop.
Setting up encryption scrambles your data to ensure that only permitted parties can understand the information. Unless you have the encryption key, anyone trying to read the data would only see gibberish.
When you visit a website with “https,” you are already using encryption. The lock symbol next to the URL shows that there is encryption protecting the connection with the website your visiting. When banking or shopping online, you will see that it is protecting the data in transit.
Well, you can encrypt the data on your computers as well.
Password Protection Is Not Enough
Many people have a password for their user account on laptops or other mobile devices. Some passwords are even complicated. However, the number-one password still used by people is “123456”. Seriously? This simple to crack password is followed by a close second and third of “123456789” and “qwerty.”
Login passwords do not stop anyone with physical access, regardless of the password’s strength. Computers browsers might even be remembering passwords and usernames. Anyone with access can use those pre-populated login credentials for account access.
If a nefarious person wants access to files that are password protected on a physical device, they can do so. The attacker can bypass the password by booting the computer up to a new OS. The bad guy or gal might remove your hard drive and place it in a new computer. All that is needed is a screwdriver and a second computer.
Your files will be protected from all this with full disk encryption. The data is protected even if the attacker has physical access. Even if the device is stolen or lost, the office is burglarized, and someone takes your computer, the data is still protected.
Encryption Is Not a Silver Bullet
We need to be clear, of course. Encryption of the hard disk is not a magic bullet. It does not make the computer invincible to attackers but does make them work a lot harder.
These attackers can still exploit the services running on the computer, like network file sharing. The encryption will also not prevent these nefarious types from spying on your online activity while the data is in transit.
It still beefs up your physical security of the computer. The internal and external hard drives can be encrypted. When the computer is turned on, the user will need to unlock the disk to boot up the OS. This encrypted computer will not work unless the user provides the encryption passphrase or key. You also can create multiple keys to unlock it if the computer has multiple user accounts on it.
Once more, you will need to have a strong password. If your go-to phrase is “password,” which is the fourth most common choice in 2019, there is little point in encrypting.
You will also not want to walk away from the computer and leave it accessible to anyone who walks up to it. The encryption program needs to set up where it locks after a specific time sitting idle. Besides this, you will discover that disk encryption does not affect computer performance.
Be sure that your computers and laptops are always physically secure. With disk encryption, just people you trust will be able to access your data and files. Are you prepared to set up disk encryption on your devices? You can make it even simpler by partnering with a consultant.
The ITSM Rhino can set your company up with disk encryption. I am also here to help manage and secure cloud-based systems. Reach out to me today by calling me at 877-858-9272 to learn more!
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