Five Ways Encryption Has (or Hasn't) Changed Since Snowden

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Encryption on personal devices continues to lag

Though the number of corporations enabling an encryption solution since Snowden has increased, the same cannot be said for personal devices. For example, where 83 percent of IT decision makers stated that they enforce encryption capabilities on laptops within the enterprise, only 14 percent of consumers admitted to having the security feature installed on their personal device.

Though one may think that this is a reflection of corporate data being more sensitive and damaging than one's personal data, think again. Sixty-two percent of those same consumers surveyed admitted that their personal email would be at risk if their device was stolen, and 54 percent noted that pictures and videos would be at risk, while website logins, passwords and banking and financial information came in at 39 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

The month of June officially marked the one-year anniversary of the infamous Edward Snowden/NSA leaks. From The Guardian's publishing of classified documents, to Snowden's identity unveiling and the revealing of the NSA spying rules, the world was stunned to learn that there really is a "Big Brother" always watching.

Enterprises and consumers alike have been left wondering how to prevent the U.S. government tracking their every move. While this so-called "whistle blower" continues making headlines, Snowden has made public claims stating, "the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance … don't ask for your privacy. Take it back."

Data encryption provider WinMagic has released findings that take a closer look at the evolution of encryption, analyzing adoption rates of the technology and the evolution of privacy awareness.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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