More and more people are using Android phones such as the HTC One for business purposes. What many don’t know is how important encryption is if you wish to protect your data from identity theft and other types of cybercriminal activity. Particularly if you use your Android as a business phone, lots of personal data could be up for grabs if you do not take the steps necessary to encrypt your device.
So how is it done? Fortunately, in spite of the common prevailing myth that only Apple products can be easily encrypted, Androids also come equipped with everything you need to protect and secure your business information, and the entire process only takes roughly an hour or so.
It could be more or less depending on what model of Android you have, but it is not the lengthy, complex process many mistakenly believe that it is—and once you set these crucial security measures in place, you will gain peace of mind, knowing that your business information is protected.
Step 1: Open your security settings
Go to Settings > Personal > Security. You should see an option allowing you to encrypt all the data on your phone as well as an option to encrypt data on your device’s SD card. Don’t use your SD card for anything overly important? Feel free to skip this step and only encrypt the data on your phone.
Step 2: Charge your phone
You will be required to plug your phone in and allow it to charge while the encryption process takes place. You will likely get a pop-up screen telling you to do this, and your device will also alert you when the process is complete.
Step 3: Set a lock screen passcode or PIN
Keeping your information behind a passcode for your HTC One is crucial. Make sure it isn’t too easy to guess, but don’t make it so hard to remember that you forget it yourself. If you are prone to forgetfulness, write it down somewhere safe and secure—on paper, preferably.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to take the time to encrypt your business phone. Android encryption is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution that ensures your private information is protected from prying eyes, even when it is shared with other devices. What’s more, encryption works the same across most Android models, including the HTC One, making it a very simple process for you to do on your own.