These days, with viruses and hacking on the rise, protecting your personal devices – and the data you store in them – is more important than ever. And while software updates and patches get a lot of press, there's one way that you can secure your phone that most people aren't talking about – and that's by using encryption. It's a great way to protect the information on the devices that you tend to take with you, and it's easy to set up. So, without further ado, let's take a deeper dive into encryption for Android devices and iPhones.
Setting up Encryption for Android
First of all, you can't encrypt your phone without having your screen lock turned on, so do that first, then:
Plug in your device because setting up encryption can take a while.
Navigate to "Settings," then click on "Security." After that, click "Encrypt phone."
Set your password which, at the time of writing, was required to be at least six characters long and must include at least one number. Note: This will also become your lock screen code, so make it something you can remember easily.
Let your phone do its thing. In about an hour or so, you'll have an encrypted mobile device that won't be easily broken into if it's lost or stolen.
Getting Started with Encryption for iPhones
In order to secure your phone with encryption, all you really have to do is set up a passcode that allows you to lock your device. (Go to Settings, then scroll down to "Touch ID & Passcode.") This will create a lock screen and also encrypt your phone's iMessages, mail messages and attachments. It will also encrypt data from some apps.
When choosing your passcode, you can select a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code (with letters and numbers). Because an alphanumeric code is automatically more complex, choosing this option makes your code even more difficult to crack.
Operating systems and security settings can change as phones get more advanced. For additional security features available on your Android or iPhone, please refer to your owner's manual.