If you have been using a cloud hosting solution like QuickBooks then you must have heard about data encryption.
Most of the cloud hosting providers will highlight data encryption as one of the first lines of defense on the cloud platform But the application of data encryption is not limited to cloud hosting only as it is also used protect data being transferred through other networks, mobile phones, wireless microphones, ATMs, Bluetooth devices. Etc.
In data encryption, data is encoded in such a way that only authorized people can read the message. You should know that data encryption may not be preventing interception but it surely prevents unauthorized people from reading your data. Currently, the number of cyberattacks like ransomware attacks are increasing dramatically and therefore, it becomes important for businesses to use different forms of defense against these attacks. Encryption is one of the best ways to keep the data safe and secure because even after falling into the hands of criminals, your sensitive business data will be nothing more than a piece of trash for the criminals and it will finally end up in the recycle bin. In this blog post, we are going to discuss some astonishing facts about data encryption.
1.There are two types of data encryption
Usually, people think that data encryption is done in only one way but you should know that there are two types of data encryption programs; single key and mix of private key and public key. The concept of single key and a mix of private key and public is something that you should know.
In the single key data encryption program, both the sender and the user have the same key that is used for translation. In this case, the key should always be transferred very safely and it should be kept in secret as well. But this data encryption program becomes difficult when more than two parties are involved in the exchange of data.
In the second data encryption program, there are two separate keys. The public key is used to encode the message and then the private key is used to decode the message. For example, an online business selling a wide range of products holds the private key and the customers buying the product hold the public key. This way, the personal information of people is encoded and it can only be decoded by the business that is receiving it with the private key.
2. Losing your password means lockdown in many cases
Another astonishing fact related data encryption is base on the password. If you regularly encrypt your database then no one, literally no one can view or read your data under the submission tab without the password in any situation. This means losing your data will result in a lockdown. If you have lost your password and have to deal with encrypted data then you are doomed. If you want to keep encrypting data without going through any hassle then a lot will depend on your password.
A lost or forgotten password can make the difference. This is why you should always use a password that difficult to guess but easy to remember. You will be surprised to know that there are many data encryption providers that offer no way to recover your password. That might sound negative but there is an advantage hidden in it. Such an approach is used by data encryption providers to make sure that no one can access or make changes to your data encryption process without the password in any situation.
The only you can recover your password through such strict data encryption service providers is to completely reset your database.
3. Data encryption didn’t start with internet
You will be surprised to know that the idea of encoding message so that others can’t read it as old as time. An older version of data encryption was used during wars where message was sent in the form of codes. One of the earliest forms of data encryption is Morse code which was almost impossible to decode. Only the authorized people had the knowhow of reading Morse code. So even if the enemies detect and jot down the Morse code, it was of no use. By using the same concept of encoding data and then decoding it by the authorized person, data encryption was adopted on the digital platform for improving the security.
It’s obvious that the current data encryption needs to travel quicker and cover longer distances but the base of data encryption started with people sending messages in the form of code.