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Use encryption on BYODs

Working at home on personal devices (Bring Your Own Devices) and self-managed Wi-Fi networks present a massive security risk to you and your employer. To protect potentially sensitive information, enable Windows and macOS native encryption functionality and save encryption passwords.

Take advantage of end-to-end encryption in iCloud

Apple iCloud offers end-to-end encryption for certain types of data including Maps searches and Siri information. To use it, though, you’ll first need to have two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID. 2FA is a win-win, as it strengthens your account security while unlocking access to a wider range of iCloud services.

Enable full disk encryption on your device

Further protect your data and storage from cybercriminals by using full disk encryption (FDE). This feature encodes your data into a form that cannot be understood by anyone without the encryption key. Many mobile devices enable this by default, but others (like Macs and PCs) may require a specific set of steps.

Know the security differences between iMessage and SMS

Famously, on iOS devices iMessage messages are blue while SMS texts are green. But the actual differences are more extensive. In addition to allowing for longer message lengths and richer content sharing, iMessages are also encrypted, whereas SMS texts are not. Don’t send sensitive info over SMS.

Encrypt your iPhone backups

If you backup an iPhone via Finder on a Mac, there should be an option to encrypt your backup. This provides an extra layer of security for the data pulled from your phone.

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware detects the drives on an system that is infected and starts encrypting the files within those drives. Ransomware usually adds an extension to the encrypted files, such as .aaa, .micro, .encrypted, .xyz, .locky, .crypt, .cryptolocker, .vault, or .petya, to show that the files have been encrypted — the file extension used is unique to […]