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What Is Encryption And Do I Need It?

by / Friday, 18 November 2016 / Published in News

When you think of encryption, what likely comes to mind is a movie like The Da Vinci Code or National Treasure, right? But, encryption is so much more for businesses today. What is encryption and do you need it for your business?

What is encryption?
Encryption is the most effective way to secure data. Encryption is scrambling messages or groups of data with a format that is unusable by an unauthorized party. Think of encrypted data as something you’re putting in a lockbox at the bank. As soon as you encrypt something, it is securely stored and you need the key to unlock it again.

Why do businesses use encryption?
Many people imagine that large companies storing top-secret documents or banking information are the only organizations that would need encryption. However, organizations today are held to high standards even for daily operations. The main purpose for a company to use encryption is to protect their data and intellectual property to ensure privacy. While encryption doesn’t magically secure everyone is safe from everything, it is good practice to use encryption whenever and wherever possible.

Start with the basics.
Is your company using Wi-Fi in the office? If so, is your connection encrypted? We always recommend a strong encryption on your connections for work. WPA2 if available on your router is a method of securing your network with a Pre-Shared Key (PSK) authentication.

Not sure what you need?
If you’re not sure about your connectivity at the office or you have questions about encryption, give us a call. We can review your Internet settings to ensure you have the proper encryption on your connection to keep your company safe from prying eyes.

 

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