What is encryption and why is it important?

At Scrypt, security is our highest priority. We know how important the safeguarding of sensitive data and personal information is to our customers, which is why we encrypt all documents with full 256-bit SSL security and AES algorithms. Sounds great, right? But what does encryption, SSL security and AES algorithms really mean for you?

Encryption is the vital process of converting information or data into an indecipherable code whilst in transit or storage. This prevents any unauthorized access from malicious third-parties – and keeps your personal information, well, personal.

The storing and sharing of sensitive data, whether it be healthcare records, social security numbers, or financial information, is inherently risky. Whilst many fall victim to the idea that a username and password will sufficiently protect them against hackers and fraudsters, the reality is, this level of protection isn’t enough (for more see our post on Creating Strong Passwords You Can Remember.)

Unlike with password protection, data can be effectively disguised using a series of complex algorithms – such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Used by U.S. Government agencies, AES has been the encryption method for classified information since 2003 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) verifying:

“The design and strength of all key lengths of the AES algorithm (i.e., 128, 192 and 256) are sufficient to protect classified information up to the ‘SECRET’ level. ‘TOP SECRET’ information will require use of either the 192 or 256 key lengths.”

Committed to uncompromising security, we guarantee full 256-bit SSL encryption and 2048-bit private keys and AES for all documents and data in motion. Marked by the padlock symbol, SSL (secure sockets layer) indicates where transmission between a user and a server cannot be intercepted, meaning you can send sensitive data with the peace of mind knowing that it is secure!

Encryption is hugely important. It protects individuals and organizations from the pitfalls of identity theft and fraud – and eliminates the risk of a costly penalty should a device be lost or stolen.

We take every reasonable and practical step to protect you and your data. For more about Scrypt and security, click here.