Weber said that whole-disk encryption of computers isn't a bad idea. If your laptop is lost or stolen, it's nearly impossible for anyone else to get into your data without your password.
Also, the latest versions of Apple's iOS automatically encrypt the entire smartphone or tablet if a passcode is enabled. On Android devices, encryption is an easy option in the Settings menu.
But what if you've forgotten your password?
"Have a key-recovery plan for all master keys (e.g. splitting keys up and sharing among trusted family members or friends)" Weber said in an email.
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You can also encrypt your communications. Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP, is an open encryption standard for email, with both free and paid applications.
PGP's developers went on to create Silent Circle, a smartphone app for iOS and Android that encrypts all voice and video calls and text messages. It's pricey at $10/month, but there are cheaper alternatives, such as the free Android apps RedPhone and TextSecure.
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