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Part of keeping your device secure is making sure that if it is lost or stolen, other people cannot access your data. Both IOS and Android have built-in device encryption which renders the data on the device useless if the password is unknown.

  • To encrypt an iPhone or iPad (3GS or later):
  • Touch Settings, this should take you into the General settings area.
  • Touch the Turn Passcode On button
  • Type in your passcode (a 4 digit code) and repeat when prompted
  • Slide Siri to the off position when device is locked (otherwise Siri can bypass your locked device)
  • Slide Erase Data to the on postion (this will wipe your device if someone tries guessing your code over and over.
  • You will see at the bottom of the screen that "Data protection is enabled"

This method of encryption can be toggled on or off depending if you use a password or not - once enabled you'll need to enter your passcode when you want to access these settings.

This is a good article which speaks to the security that is provided by enabling this feature on an iPhone or iPad: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428477/the-iphone-has-passed-a-key-security-threshold/

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