File Encryption for Android
With the recent hack into Jennifer Lawrence’s account and her pictures and documents were copied without her knowledge. We all know that if you didn’t encrypt your phone you would be just as much the responsible as the next person. Most teens and young Adults never really think about how’d they would feel if there pictures were copied without their knowledge. We’ve known that all photos are automatically uploaded to a server to protect them from getting lost. Android does this also probably without your knowledge sometimes. I get emails and notifications when they are uploaded to Google+ to share with friends and family. So the problem persists, what can we do to prevent unauthorized access to those delicate photos that you might not want anyone else to get or even see!
Encrypting the Whole Phone
The problem with this for Android is, it can be quite difficult to recover your pictures and stuff if your android won’t start or even load up. It also can be very difficult to use with services such as Google Drive or Google Photos. Since they will automatically un-encrypt them to upload them to server. You really can’t use this feature to protect your Photos and other such files unless you DO NOT Trust anyone or Anything else except the phone. Then if you lose the phone or it gets damaged then you have lost photos that you might of wanted to keep. I only suggest this option for my clients who are Doctors, or Lawyers who might need to keep their patient or client information safe. It isn’t really a fool-proof method and I am sure somewhere, some program can crack the encryption. If you are wanting to go this route, please check out a good article from How To Geek on Phone encryption for the Android Device!
Alternatives to Phone Encryption!
We have several ways to go about encrypting the delicate photos or most documents that you might not want anyone to see without doing a full Phone encryption on the Android device! I’m going to talk about a few of them on this article to help you start the journey into keeping your pictures safe and documents safe. This isn’t for everyone and you should know if you do not trust the application, I wouldn’t install it. Here are a list of Free Applications to Encrypt the files you might need to keep safe!
- Sophos Mobile Encryption — This worked with Google Drive and dropbox with very little problems on my end. I’d it out for a few days and it seems to do the job really well. I however had some beginning problems with it because i had to figure out how to make it encrypt files but once I did it was a real snap.
- File Locker — This one doesn’t have any cloud storage solutions but can be good to encrypt the file before uploading to a cloud storage like Google Drive. I found this one to be easy and not so hard. Each file can have a unique passphrase so that is the only downfall on this. You could have several different passphrases for any given time.
- ES File Explorer — Another good one that has some good Cloud Support like Dropbox, SugarSync, OneDrive, Google Drive, S3 and More. It can’t encrypt files on the drives themselves so it is only good to download them and then upload the encrypted file. It however is another good Alternative then not having anything at all!
I’ve only had a chance to play around with these few three but there are ones that are paid application that might do even better jobs than these. It is how you use the applications that will help you protect your files and what you want to protect most of all! With all the photo leaks going on, I would rather have my stuff encrypted before it goes to the cloud. This way I do not have to worry about unauthorized access to the files in question. I have no doubt that someone will come up with even a better way to keep your files safe but until then this is my recommendation for those who might want to at least start the process and keep the delicate files from being viewed or copied. These applications worked on my Blu View Phone and I had no problems with them on my phone. So go take a look at these and see for yourself.