How to Encrypt Your Data in iPhones, iPads & Macs


When it comes to security, no one wants their personal or secure information to be leaked or read by others, like hackers or even Government Agencies. Compared to Android and Windows Platforms, iOS and OS X are more secure. However, we will learn to make this security even stronger.

How to Encrypt iPhone’s or iPad’s data

Encrypting your Smartphones and Tablets running iOS is very easy. You can follow these steps to do that

  • Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap on Touch ID and Passcode
  • Note : If you have already set a Passcode, it’s already encrypted, but give it a thought. A simple numeric 4 digits or 6 digits Passcode is easy to crack. So make it stronger that we will learn
  • Tap on Turn Passcode On
  • Now you will be asked to Enter 6 digits numeric Passcode, but don’t do that. Tap on Passcode Options
  • Now select Custom Alphanumeric Code
  • Enter a longer passcode including letters and numbers, Re-enter to confirm the passcode
  • You may get a prompt to use this Passcode as iCloud Security Passcode. You can select to use this one or keep the existing one

That’s it, your device is encrypted now.

How to Encrypt Data in Mac OS X

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click on Security & Privacy
  • Select FileVault tab
  • Click on lock icon to unlock the feature, and you will be asked to enter the Admin Password
  • Now Click on Turn on FileVault
  • You will be given 2 recovery options, and you can choose either “allow your iCloud account to unlock the disk” or “create a new Recovery Key to unlock the disk.” If Recovery Key option is selected, you will be given a Recover Key. Note down the Recovery Key and keep it at the safest place.
  • Tap on Continue, and you will be asked to restart your MacBook or iMac to complete the Encryption Process. It will take some time.

Note : If you forget the Recovery Key as well as Password, you will not be able to recover your data. That’s the main reason most of the users go for iCloud option.

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