Encryption is a technique for transforming information on a computer in such a way that it becomes unreadable. So, even if someone is able to gain access to a computer with personal data on it, they likely won’t be able to do anything with the data unless they have complicated, expensive software or the original data key.
The basic function of encryption is essentially to translate normal text into cipher text. Encryption can help ensure that data doesn’t get read by the wrong people, but can also ensure that data isn’t altered in transit, and verify the identity of the sender.
What to encrypt?
- Database Encryption
- Application Encryption
- File and Server encryption
- Drive Encryption
- Email Encryption
The two most common methods of data encryption are:
Software Based Encryption – This type of encryption will typically consist of a standard storage device (Hard Drive, Flash Drive, Digital Media Card, etc.) and a software program to facilitate the encryptions.
Hardware Based Encryption – The only significant difference with Hardware Based Encryption is that all data intensive encryption tasks are done onboard the storage device, rather than relying on system resources to do the work. With this method of encryption, file transfer speeds will remain more stable during the encryption process. Also, most hardware encrypted drives are built with more robust materials and are typically highly resistant to physical damage and are likely to be water resistant.
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