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Encryption is a super cyber power.

We know, this sounds like something only James Bond might need. But in all seriousness, encryption might be your last line of defense if all other security precautions fail. Consider it one of your super cyber powers.

If you store any documents that you don’t want to get into the wrong hands, you need to encrypt it. Encryption works by using a special key to code your information so it looks like nonsense to anyone who doesn’t have the same key.

It also protects your valuable data, including sensitive information about your child, whether it’s stored in your hard drive, transmitted over the Internet or kept in cloud storage. Many encryption tools and services are now available and some software already has this functionality included. The concept of encryption is so important we wrote about it in our first book.

Encryption also means you’ll have to do extra work. But Cynjas know a few extra steps now could mean fewer losses later. Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to go online. You can shop for a number of low cost solutions that can be easily downloaded to your laptop. When you connect to a WiFi signal, the VPN hides your location and sends your information through an encrypted connection. Investigate secure voice and text messaging too. And encrypt your sensitive documents. Programs like Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office include these features. Some file sharing services, like Box, are also providing encryption.

Now remember, anyone who has the same key that you used to encrypt your files can decrypt the information and read it.

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