What is Encryption?
Encryption is when you change information in a way that it cannot be read by someone who doesn’t have the key. When someone has the key, they can decrypt it and see what you have sent. In most cases, it’s a relatively easy process once set up.
Examples of encryption you use every day:
- Email SSL, most email is sent through encrypted channels. Or, at the very least should be. When it comes to wok environments your systems administrator usually will have rules set in place to make this seamless.
- SSL online, HTTPS:// is an encrypted connection. Banks, shops and many other types of websites have encryption.
- Your passwords are encrypted on sites, your computer, and most programs, and anywhere it is entered. Not always, but it should be.
- Like passwords, most personal information on websites you signup should be encrypted, especially when it’s a bank or shopping site.