Encrypt a Phone
An iPhone may contain as much sensitive data as a laptop computer. Fortunately, Apple has included strong encryption software in later iOS versions. Until the recent debate between Apple and the FBI, it was not clear how strong the encryption really was. When the passcode functionality is activated, the iPhone is quite secure, at least in all normal instances.
How to activate encryption on an iPhone
1. Simply activate the passcode by going to SETTINGS on your iPhone followed by TOUCH ID & PASSCODE.
2. Remember to set a short time. If you set touch ID, you should set it on immediately.
3. It is also important to activate ERASE DATA on the same screen. The system will then erase the encryption key after 10 failed passcode attempts. By erasing the encryption key, all data will be kept secure by such a strong encryption that it would take a lifetime for a large computer to crack it.
4. If you do not already have laptop encryption, we strongly advise you to get it. The recent debate between Apple and the FBI about unlocking an iPhone has led to a false sense of security when it comes to laptop computers. Laptops do not have a built-in encryption system that is activated by simply using the passcode. By only having the passcode activated on a laptop, a skilled person can often crack it in less than five minutes and read everything stored on the hard drive. The only way to make sure your data is secure is to encrypt the hard drive on your computer. Deploying hard drive encryption on a PC or MacBook is very easy; just sign up for Alertsec’s seven-day free trial.
5. Once you are signed up, you will have instant access to the Alertsec 24/7 end user help desk should you need any assistance or have any questions.
6. When laptop encryption is active on your laptop, you can also encrypt your USB sticks or any removable media. Just enter a stick, and you will be prompted to encrypt the data you are about to store on the USB stick.
All software used for providing an encrypted hard drive by Alertsec is based on the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm and has the highest security certifications: FIPS-140-2, Common Criteria EAL4 and BITS. Alertsec is approved for SOX, HIPAA and PCI compliance.