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How to Encrypt Your Tablet


Today’s consumer technology community is all about security and data-protection more than ever before – primarily because there have never been so many threats at every corner. This is precisely why encryption for tablet PCs and Smartphones has become such a hot topic, representing one of the safest ways of all to protect sensitive and private data.

Unfortunately, the process by which to encrypt data on tablet PCs differs not only for each and every OS, but also the brand, the model and the generation of the tablet in question. Setting up encrypted email for an Apple iPad for example would be massively different than looking to encrypt data on tablet PCs from Amazon – there really is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Given the fact that Android tablets remain the most common and best-selling in the world over by far however, it would seem prudent to focus on this particular arm of data encryption for tablet PCs.


If looking to set up encrypted email or go about full encryption for tablet PCs made by Android, step one is to determine exactly which version of Android the slate is running. Should the tablet be running the most common version featured on today’s Android tablets – that being version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – the encryption option can be found within the settings menu. Simply select the Security section and tap the encryption option to set the process off, which can take upwards of one hour or more depending on the device, its size, speed, age and so on.

Delving Into the Unknown

After carrying out this encryption for tablet PCs running Android, chances are you’ll be wondering exactly how secure said encryption is and what it would take to compromise its security. Sadly, Google has for some reason offered very few details as to the strength of encryption used in its latest version of Android, though it is largely assumed that it is the same 256-bit AES as used by Apple’s iPad.

You might also be looking for a series of other answers as is the case with millions of owners the world over. Is the encryption hardware-only, for example? Again, very little concrete is known about Android encryption specifics, which may have something to do with the way it differs between devices.

Research Guides and Manuals

The very best advice is that if any person is looking to find out the specifics on encryption for their own Android device, they should consult its security manuals and any available guides on the web. There are thousands of authoritative Android communities and forums online where information can be mined and questions posed to experts, which can be useful in finding out a number of common problems and issues arising from carrying out encryption for tablet PCs.

Expect the Unexpected

Speaking of which, while the changes in security will in most cases be notable from the very next time the Android tablet is turned on, it is worth remembering that Android encryption can and does lead to a number of unexpected consequences. From clock malfunctions to the settings resets and various crashes and freezes, encryption for tablet PCs of any kind should only be carried out once all risk have been assessed and advice for specific models heeded.



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