How To Encrypt Your PC, Phone, and Tablet

Encrypting your device (personal computer, phone and others) is very important in other to protect private or potentially sensitive information in them. we do save our passwords in your browser in other to stay logged into your email and other websites.

If your devices is encrypted and you misplaced it or it was stolen, almost no one will be able to access the data in it as long as you have a good password or screen lock.

So if you have not encrypted your device, take some time today to encrypt all your devices, be it your laptop, your phone, your tablet, and anything else you may have. It’s quick and easy, and you will be much safer if the worst happens.


A lot of Windows 10 PCs (particularly tablets and hybrids) now ship with encryption enabled by default. To check and see if yours has encryption already running, go into the Settings and click System > About. From there, you can turn Drive Encryption on if your device supports it.

If you don’t see anything related to Device Encryption, then your device may not support it. However, if you have Windows 7, 8 or 10 pro or above, you can still encrypt your computer using the built-in BitLocker tool, which has been part of Windows for quite some time. (Yes, it’s confusing, Windows has two different built-in encryption options.)

If you only have the Home edition of Windows, and don’t have access to Drive Encryption or BitLocker, you can use third-party software like VeraCrypt to encrypt your drive. Check out this guide for more info.

To enable BitLocker, go into the Control Panel and click on “BitLocker Drive Encryption”.

If BitLocker is turned off, then there will be a link that says “Turn on Bitlocker” next to your drive(s). At the very least, you want to encrypt your system drive, which is usually the C: drive on most Windows computers. If you’re using a laptop, then chances are you only have one hard drive to worry about anyway.

Encryption isn’t normally enabled by default on Windows 7 or 8.1. If you use a Windows laptop, then it’s a really good idea to make sure it is.


All Macs come with FileVault, Apple’s built-in encryption. It is not, however, enabled by default. To enable it, open the System Preferences and click on “Security & Privacy”, then open the FileVault tab.

FileVault is turned on for this laptop, so we don’t need to enable it.

You will have to click on the lock icon in the lower-left corner to make further changes. If FileVault is not enabled, then click the button that say’s “Turn on FileVault” and then follow any further prompts to start the encryption process.

FileVault doesn’t add much in terms of system overhead, and the peace you gain from knowing your files are protected is invaluable. We think everyone should turn this on.

iPad and iPhone

iPads and iPhones are good about encrypting by default. In fact, the chance that your device isn’tencrypted is probably pretty small. The simplest way to tell if your iOS device isn’t encrypted is if you’re still using a 4-digit passcode versus a strong 6-digit one.

If you are still using a 4-digit passcode, then you can set a stronger one by opening the Settings on your device, then tapping open “Touch ID & Passcode” and then “Change Passcode”.

You will first need to enter you old 4-digit passcode and then enter your new passcode and then do it again to confirm.

To fully verify that your device is encrypted, scroll to the bottom of the Touch & Passcode settings and check to see if it says “Data protection is enabled”.


Android, on the other hand, typically still requires you to manually set up encryption on your phone or tablet. Some newer devices come with encryption enabled by default, but many don’t–thankfully, it’s easy to do.

On the majority of Android devices, you simply need to open the Settings and tap “Security”. In the Security options you’ll see the encrypt option.

Note: Encryption makes no sense if it has a weak password or screen lock.
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