4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Smartphone Encryption Software
The term encryption is known to everyone who is slightly tech savvy, but not many understand its meaning. Encryption is the act of camouflaging or scrambling data into an unreadable form. Data which is encrypted is readable when unlocked with a specific key. A privacy measure which was previously in use exclusively to protect military information and trade secrets is now made public knowledge. Smartphones are the most popular gadgets and contain large volumes of sensitive personal information. Hackers have now turned their attention to smart devices for the trove of information they possess.
Four factors to consider when choosing smartphone encryption software:
- The type of encryption software
For smartphones, in particular, there are two types of encryption designed to prevent unauthorized access to private information. One type of encryption software protects messages and ‘data in motion’ while the other is specific for the information stored on the device itself. There are numerous choices for encrypted messaging software available on the Play Store and App store. Some devices, especially Apple smartphones, possess inbuilt end-to-end encryption to prevent cellular carriers, app makers, and phone makers from accessing messages.
- Level of privacy protection provided
Privacy protection is offered in different layers. Some software offers encryption of email messages while there are others which do the same for calls. While email encryption is easily achievable on the device, in order to encrypt calls, the caller and the receiver need to install the same software.
- Ease of implementation
Smartphone users are lazy because the device makes them so. Apps which are launched into the market gain popularity only when they are easy to use. On a similar vein, smartphone encryption software must offer ease of implementation. In fact, most encryption software is rated based on ease of implementation.
A typical consideration when it comes to installing encryption software is cost. At the same time, there is free-to-use encryption software available on Android store and App store. While such free software offers the primary level of protection, thorough data security is guaranteed by paid software.
Smartphones which are now entering the market come with pre-installed security features including data encryption. Although, smartphone data encryption is controversial because of its sophistication, protecting personal data is still a primary concern. Encryption of personal information not only protects the users’ personal information from hackers, but it also ensures that agencies cannot misuse information without consent.
Mobile app development companies should also ensure that their apps, especially the ones that collect personal information, are not vulnerable in any way before releasing it on the market.
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