• Do you need to encrypt your data?


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Encryption can protect your data, but sometimes it can block you from it.

    Let’s get some facts. Encryption, when done right, protects your data at rest. If an attacker breaks into my house but does not know the username and password of the laptop I keep there, access attempts will fail.

    But if that computer is running, it’s a different story. If I’m doing any sort of data transmission, such as interacting with a website or handling email, data is vulnerable unless I’ve taken separate steps to encrypt those processes.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.36.0, 2022-09-05).