You’ve heard of encryption and you know it’s something you are supposed to do in order to protect the information on your devices…but do you know how to do it? Encryption changes your information into cipher-text, which is unreadable for those without a password or other type of key (like a fingerprint). Lucky for you, many services and devices automatically encrypt your personal information! Even so, it’s still important to know how to enable encryption to keep your information safe from hackers.
In the June edition of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, you can learn how encryption works, what you are able to encrypt and what you can do to ensure your data is safe. For example, encryption does not defend against viruses and malware—protecting your devices with antivirus software can help prevent hackers from sneaking past your encryption.
Did you know?
We have our own encrypted Wi-Fi network at Ohio State, called ‘osuwireless.’ Users can send personal data over this wireless network securely, since each user must log in with their name.# and university password (the encryption key) to be able to view information over this network. You can use ‘osuwireless’ for university business and know that your personal information is safe.