Why You Should Choose to Encrypt…Everything

Search Encrypt/ April 6, 2018/ Tech

Integrity

With encryption you know that your message hasn't been altered by a third party.

Authentication

Because you have to have the encryption key to decrypt the message, you know the source of the information.

Confidence

You know where the message came from and that it hasn't been altered. This means the sender can't deny sending the message or the content.

So how does it work?

Original Data is Encrypted

Your plaintext data (or your message) is encrypted using an algorithm called a cipher. This cipher is a set of steps to encrypt information.

Data is Sent in Encrypted Form

Your data is transmitted across the network in scrambled or encrypted form.

Recipient Decrypts Data

The person you send the encrypted message to will decrypt (convert back to plaintext) the message using a private encryption key that only they have access to.

Why You Should Use Encryption

If you are dealing with sensitive information, like financial information or social security numbers (which a lot of businesses are), encrypting this information is the best way to protect it. In general, encryption is any process that makes sensitive data more secure and less likely to be intercepted by unauthorized third parties. It can be applied to many everyday functions on the internet, and more easy-to-use products are available all the time.

Private Communication

Encryption is also commonly used for secure messaging between two parties that need the conversation to remain private. Edward Snowden endorses Signal, a well-known private messaging app. Signal provides encrypted communication in a user-friendly, modern form. It lets users send group texts, voice, video, document, and picture messages all in its private app.

Defense Against File Corruption

If files are stored in an encrypted form, even if someone is able to hack into them, they can't be altered. This protects important information from being lost or changed by an unauthorized person. This is especially important at a corporate level for storing user data or confidential documents.

Encryption is Really Hard to Crack

While there is no system that can't be cracked or compromised, modern encryption methods are very secure. Using a supercomputer to try to crack the 128-bit AES encryption algorithm with brute force would take 149 trillion years. Search Encrypt uses AES-256 encryption to keep your search terms private from third parties.

Widespread encryption on the internet and on our connected devices will add more user protection. An internet that provides security and peace of mind for users will create better privacy culture on a global level. While encryption may seem like a complicated process, there are many easy to use products out there that use the most advanced encryption methods.