A Short Tutorial Of How To Encrypt Amazon Fire Phone & Why You Should Do That
Almost every smart phone (including Fire phone) has a feature allowing you to encrypt all the data that are stored on it.
Even though it’s a very practical feature, very few regular mobile phone owners make use of it or even know it exists.
I’ve been using encryption for a few years on all of my mobile devices, and I think everyone should use it (not only technology geeks like me).
In this article I will tell you what encryption is, what its pros and cons are and how you can encrypt your Fire phone step by step. Are you ready to start?
What Is Encryption?
To cut a long story short, encryption turns all the data on your mobile phone into an unreadable format. The only way to access and decrypt these data is with a PIN or password.
If you forget your PIN or password, there is practically no way of accessing the data stored on your device.
Encryption is most often used by corporations which store lots of sensitive data on their devices and cannot risk having them stolen or lost.
Regular smart phone users rarely encrypt their phones or even set a screen lock, which a bad thing!
Why Is Encrypting Your Fire Phone A Good Idea?
I am of the opinion that it’s ALWAYS a good idea to encrypt your mobile device and… sleep peacefully. Here are 4 top reasons why:
- Encryption makes sure no one can access your data (like social accounts, e-mail messages, text messages or personal photos) and use them against you.
- Even if you lose your phone or it gets stolen, all the data on it are secure.
- Encryption also lets you secure your phone from praying eyes of your kids, friends or family! They won’t access your Fire phone unless they enter a PIN or password.
- People or your customers will trust you more knowing that their data (e.g. e-mails, text messages, documents or photos they sent) are secure with you.
These are the good things about encrypting your Fire phone (or any other device). How about the bad things?
A Word Of Caution Before We Begin
As great and practical as it is, encryption also has two major disadvantages which may discourage you from enabling it:
- Slower Performance. Encryption may result in slower performance of your phone (because it adds some overload to it). However, I have been using encryption for many years, and I don’t really see the difference in the performance of my devices (maybe that’s because I don’t remember the times when I didn’t use encryption :D).
- It’s Irreversible. If you decide to encrypt your mobile phone, you won’t be able to reverse the process (in case you change your mind or forget your password). The only way to turn encryption off is by restoring factory settings. That’s also the only thing a thief can do when they steal your encrypted Fire phone.
Keep these two things in mind before you decide to go further!
How To Encrypt Fire Phone Step By Step
O.K., that would be all for the theoretical part and warnings. Now let’s move to the practical part and encrypt my Fire phone (and yours too). Here are the steps you need to take.
- Go to Settings > Security > Set up enterprise security features for your phone (advanced).
- You will now have three options to choose from: Credential Storage, Device Administrators and Encryption. Choose Encryption.
- You will see a warning about Encryption like the one below.
You won’t be able to proceed unless:
- you have at least 80% battery charge (or your Fire phone is plugged in)
- you at first set lock screen PIN or password.
To set a lock screen PIN or password, go to Settings > Lock Screen > Set up your lock screen password or PIN.
TIP: I recommend using a secure password (made of 10 characters) with special characters, digits, uppercase and lowercase letters). Example: MyPassWord!*$#00
Setting a lock screen password or PIN is not equal to encrypting your phone. This is just one of basic methods of securing your phone against strangers. However, to enable encryption, you need to set your PIN or password which will be used as the password to encrypt your phone.
Once you set your lock screen password or PIN, you can return to Encryption (press Encrypt).
- Next, you will have to set Encryption password. It is different from your Unlock PIN and you will only be asked to enter it when you boot (or reboot) your device.
Once you enter your Encryption Password, press Continue. You will have to confirm your choice once again. Press Continue.
- Encryption will take about an hour (in the case of my Fire phone it took much less than an hour because there weren’t many data on it).
Once encryption is finished, you will be asked to enter your screen lock PIN or password (any time you unlock your Fire phone) and your Encryption Password when you boot or reboot your Fire.
TIP: If you don’t want to enter your lock screen PIN or password every time you unlock your phone (it may be a bit annoying if you are texting), you can change the time period before your Fire automatically locks.
To do that, go to Settings > Lock Screen > Change the time period before your phone automatically locks. You will be able to choose 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 30 minutes and decide whether or not Power Button locks your Fire.
I recommend using 5-10 minutes and setting Power Button to lock your Fire (in case you are leaving your home and want to have your Fire protected immediately).
That’s all. My Fire phone is encrypted. Hope yours is too!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me or post me your comment down below.
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