We’re often told to make sure our data is encrypted, but what does it actually mean?

In simple terms, encryption is the translation of data into a secret code. To read this code you must have the secret key or password which will enable you to decrypt the data.

As so much business is done online and using technology these days, it’s imperative you employ methods for keeping it safe. Encryption is one of the most popular ways of doing this.

Why should we encrypt data?

Encrypting data is the simplest, and one of the most effective, ways of keeping your data safe. It allows you to share information, like passwords, contact details and financial information, online safely.

It uses advanced mathematics to scramble the data with a very long digital number. The computer receiving the data will know the key and so is able to unscramble the data. If you’re hacked, or the data is intercepted by an unknown device, then your data remains safely scrambled.

Encryption is now pretty commonly used by businesses as a way of keeping data safe, particularly where financial information is involved.¬†As recent news tells us, it’s not uncommon to be hacked, however big or small your business.Don’t make it easy for hackers to get hold of your data by leaving it open and easily accessible.