As the digital world constantly evolves, our security practices must evolve as well. Many options are available to ensure optimum safety for technology users, one of which is encryption. In case you are not familiar with this practice, we’d like to share everything that you need to know about encryption:
Encryption is the process that takes data and turns it into a random text called cipher text to hide information. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it; thus creating a layer of security. Unencrypted data is called plain text; encrypted data is referred to as cipher text.
The best way to describe the process of encryption is with the models below. To sum up, there are two types of encryption – public key encryption and private key encryption.
In public key encryption, the following occurs:
In private key encryption, the following occurs:
If you’re wondering if you fall within the parameters of someone who should utilize encryption, the simple answer is: YES. If you work in a field where sending sensitive data is a routine part of your job – doctors, lawyers, mortgage specialists, etc. – encryption is a must. This is the most surefire way to safeguard the data and protect information from cybercriminals.
Need help encrypting your devices or just want further information on the subject? Call us at 970-419-0602 and our expert team of IT specialists will take care of everything.
July 19, 2016