in The Digital Public Square

You’re less incognito than you think.

Malicious apps, theft, spam, cyber stalking, censorship, surveillance.
There are no foolproof answers to risk online.
But there is advice to help.

Protect files and messages on my phone

Protect files and messages on my phone

Both the Android and Apple smartphones offer full handset (disk) encryption, which ensures all files and messages on your handset cannot be accessed without knowing the handset’s password. On the Android phone this needs to be enabled manually and on the iPhone you are simply required to set up a security Passcode to enable disk encryption automatically.

If you forget the phone’s password, you will need to ”restore the phone” back to its original setting. Your phone would need to be synced with your Google or iTunes account so as not to lose any data. On the other hand, syncing your phone with these providers means that there is a duplicate of all your data in the cloud.

If you just want to encrypt your messages on the phone, you can use Signal on Android and iPhone.

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