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Encryption is Quick and Easy to Do

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In a recent 60 Minutes interview, FBI Director James Comey said cybercrime “is becoming everything in crime.” October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the FBI is promoting the importance of securing your computers and electronic devices.

UF’s Information Security Office has numerous online resources to help you learn how to encrypt Mobile devices. Besides being a good thing to know, it’s UF policy! The Mobile Computing and Storage Device Policy requires device encryption when faculty, staff, and students use laptops, smartphones, tablets, or USB flash drives to conduct university academic and business activities.

Encrypting is easier than you think. On Apple smartphones or tablets, simply tap Settings > Passcode. Follow the prompts to create a passcode and then scroll to the bottom of the screen and verify that the text ‘Data protection is enabled’ is visible. On Android devices, start by setting a lock screen PIN or password. Then open the Settings app and tap Security > Encryption > Encrypt device. When the encryption process is complete, the phone will prompt you to enter your PIN or password.