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Your Day with Encryption

How often do you use encryption? It seems like the stuff of spy films, but you might be surprised to find out how often it touches your daily life.

Encryption is the process of scrambling or enciphering data, and only someone with the key can read or access it. You can use it for things like shopping online, using mobile banking, or using secure messaging apps. So while you may not be smuggling encrypted government secrets across borders, you do rely on it, along with your passwords and settings, to keep your data secure and private.

Learn about all of the ways you use encryption.


Your alarm vibrates. You reach for your phone, ready to snooze before you think better of it. You’ve got a big presentation at work and you’re going to need every minute today. There’s a message from your friend in Australia wishing you luck. How thoughtful! Even more thoughtful: your friend used an end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Sure, they saved on international phone charges, but the added security is nice too.


You’re ready to go, but before heading out, you check a news website for the traffic report. There’s a lock icon on the Continue reading