Category: Edge Security

How And Why To Encrypt Your Phone

encrypting your phoneThere are many reasons you might want to encrypt your phone, but suffice to say it’s a good idea for most people. Nowadays our phones carry so much crucial data that it’s imperative that no one else has access.

M.K. Lords of Airbitz has written an excellent article on all manner of encryption. It includes a super-simple how to on how to encrypt your phone.
Here is an easy step by step from BGR on how to encrypt an Android.

 

  • Open up Settings.
  • Click on Security.
  • Find the option for phone storage encryption and enable it.
  • You’ll want to make sure your phone is plugged in during the encryption process, which takes around an hour to complete. Leave your phone alone while encryption is being enabled.
  • Once the process is finished, open up Settings again and check to see if there’s an “Encrypted” badge under the phone storage encryption option.

 

Credits: Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

 

Should You Encrypt Your Phone

The FBI would prefer that you don’t actually encrypt your phone. Today, FBI director James Comey claims that unbreakable encryption is “an affront to the rule of law.” Yesterday, it was simply a way to safeguard your information against malware.

Credits: FBI: Actually, Don’t Encrypt Your Phone After All – Technologist

If you don’t want law enforcement to have access to your phone without your permission, you should definitely encrypt.

 

You find the following information under “attempts to unlock Google devices”:

For some other types of Android devices, Google can reset the passcodes when served with a search warrant and an order instructing them to assist law enforcement to extract data from the device. This process can be done by Google remotely and allows forensic examiners to view the contents of a device.

What this means is that Google may reset the phone’s passcode remotely if the proper legal paperwork is provided.

Credits: Google may reset Android passcodes remotely, unless you encrypt

But, that is only possible of full-disk encryption is not enabled.

Really, the choice is up to you. If you have faith that giving the government and or criminals a back door to your primary communication device is not a problem, then don’t worry about it. If one the other hand, you worry about others having free access to all of your data, you should certainly encrypt.

You may remember the case of the Daily Mirror hacking a bunch of journalists’ phones.

The publisher of the Daily and Sunday Mirror faces further large payouts to future phone-hacking victims after losing its appeal to reduce the total of £1.2m awarded to eight victims including the actor Sadie Frost.

Credits: Mirror publisher loses appeal over scale of phonehacking payouts
In this case, The Daily Mirror was clearly a bad actor acting illegally, but it is hard not to put some of the blame on the journalists who didn’t secure their own phones.

Remember, you can keep almost any attacker out of your phone simply by encrypting.

 

Airbitz – State of the Art Edge Security

Airbitz - Edge SecurityThe Airbitz edge security platform is a mobile Bitcoin Wallet featuring the highest level of security, top-notch privacy protection and a decentralized approach that makes the platform easy to use and reliable, even in extreme situations, when Airbitz servers go down.

 

Bitcoin is known to be a decentralized digital currency, meaning that it is held digitally, without anyone controlling it. A Bitcoin wallet is the virtual equivalent of a bank account, a digital portfolio used for handling and safeguarding your bitcoins, as well as for initiating transactions that use Bitcoins and receiving digital money from others.

 

One of the main principal features that differentiate Bitcoin from conventional currencies is that your Bitcoins are stored in a digital portfolio or a wallet that anyone in the system can see. Your bitcoins are stored at your bitcoin address, but no one will know the address actually belongs to you as a physical person. Even so, you need the highest level of security to be able to safeguard your property, and the Airbitz platform is certainly one of your best options.

 

There are two types of Bitcoin wallets: software applications that you need to install on your computer or mobile wallets that come with the same features as the software, but offer more flexibility, more versatility and they are easier to use. The Airbitz edge security platform is one of the best mobile wallets available today for a number of reasons:

 

  • Airbitz is very easy to use – all it requires is a username, a password and PIN for the registration, and the great and friendly application interface is suitable not only for tech-savvy users familiar with all kinds of mobile applications, but for less experienced users as well;

 

  • The state of the art auto-encryption system coded into the platform will protect you bitcoins and your identity at all times, and they are fully functional even if Airbitz servers fail;

 

  • The application also protects your privacy with the latest digital tools, making the most of the genius and the creativity of the developers;

 

  • The Airbitz wallet is a truly decentralized platform, which means that Airbitz does not host the funds owned by the users of the application on its servers, completely eliminating the risks of getting your account broken into;

 

  • Airbitz uses the one-touch, two-factor authentication system, which means that the authentication is tied to the specific device the user is on and only that specific device. Every time the account is accessed, a one-time token is sent in the background without requiring the user to do anything;

 

  • Users have the option to access their account from multiple devices with the help of QR codes;

 

 

  • The platform is versatile, allowing usage on both iOS and Android-operated devices.

 

Enhanced transparency, enhanced security in a well-protected environment and easy, intuitive use – these are just a few of the great features that rank the Airbitz edge security platform as one of the best Bitcoin wallets currently available. And it is in continuous evolution, even now, as you are reading these lines!

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