Which Files Do You Need to Encrypt?

December 10, 2023
David Sunnyside

From a healthcare facility updating patient medical records to national banks interacting with consumer financial data, there’s no shortage of sensitive information that needs to be shielded from prying eyes. Encryption can help keep your passwords, financial banking information, and personal images private, even when sent over unsecured networks or between devices.

In addition, a number of industries and professional sectors have file security requirements that rely on encrypting files to prevent malicious actors from accessing data they’re not supposed to. From the life sciences sector needing dependable ways to keep revolutionary new drug patents and designs out of competitors’ hands to media agencies ensuring they don’t leak spoilers for the latest blockbuster, lax file encryption can cost an enterprise its reputation, trustworthiness, and business.

So which files do you need to encrypt? As a general rule, encrypt any file or folder that contains personal information, confidential documents, or pictures you don’t want published online. If you want to take it a step further, you can add a password to your encrypted file or folder to further prevent unauthorised access.

It’s also a good idea to encrypt files and folders containing important personal information, such as your bank statements, tax filings, credit card data, and investment portfolios, as cybercriminals may use them for identity theft or financial fraud. As you encrypt these files, remember to back up the encryption key in a safe place, like another device or cloud storage service, so you can decrypt them in the future should you need to.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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