So today I was on my home listening to a podcast that I often listen to, Coder Radio. They went on this long discussion on data security, Snowden, and how this information is relevant to us and how it should be handled. Being that our information is being looked at, by at least the computer for information to be cataloged and categorized for their ease of access, should we leave or information out in the open for them to see?
There are methods out there to encrypt your data, but should you? Is it worth it? Will it make your accounts and data seem more suspicious if you do? I would say easily, YES to everything. Chris on Coder Radio made mention that you should, because it is like our mail. You put your mail in an envelope so that the outside can’t see it without tampering. The more people that encrypt their data, even if they have nothing to hide, the harder it will be on the government should they decide to look into it.
Ignoring the government, should you do it for other reasons? Yes, if someone does in someway obtain your data, and it is encrypted, it will only take longer and be annoying to break into it. Also, with some tools you can easily get into your encrypted data without worrying about much back end setup. You can use your favorite cloud storage service to hold a encrypted file or files. Some of the services out there for encryption will allow you to make a single file hold multiple as if they were folders. Now if you were to store this single file on Dropbox, Google Drive, Cloud Drive, etc… it is backed up, and not easily readable to anyone obtaining access with or without your consent. Seems like a win / win to me.
I will say, that if someone wants to get into your data, it will happen. There is always someone out there that is smart enough and has the time to do it. Making it as difficult as possible though, especially if they have large amounts of people that they have to deal with, is a good idea.