Before encrypting, you should back up your computer to a secure device (such as using Time Machine to back up to an encrypted external hard drive).
Your computer should be running MacOS 10.7.5 or higher
Go to System Preferences, select Security & Privacy and turn on FileVault. An encryption recovery key will be shown to you on the screen, you should save this in a secure location should you need it in the future.
For more information on encrypting your Apple computer, visit the Apple support page or the Apple Store. If you would like IRT's assistance, you can contact us at 650-725-8000 from 8-5, Monday-Friday.
The iOS software encrypts all data automatically if you have a passcode set:
Set up a passcode lock on your phone or tablet: go to Settings > Passcode, and click on "Turn on Passcode." Four characters is the minimum and six is preferred; it should be a sequence that is difficult for someone else to guess (and not something like 1234).
Set your phone to lock automatically after a set amount of time; you can adjust this under "Require Passcode."
In order for your phone to be in full compliance with security policy, you MUST keep your phone locked when not in use.
You should be using an Android 4.4.2 device or better.
Your Android system may be ready to encrypt already (OS updates are coming soon that have encryption built in). If you go to Settings > Security, you may be able to set a Screen Lock PIN and then select "Encrypt Phone" or "Encrypt Tablet."
You can get encryption information for your specific device by contacting your vendor or their support line. If you would like IRT's assistance, you can contact us at 650-725-8000 from 8-5, Monday-Friday.
NOTE: Once you enroll your phone in MDM, your phone will be set to lock with a passcode, and it will lock automatically after a set amount of time. In order to keep your phone in full compliance with Stanford policy, you MUST keep these features active (passcode lock, and set to lock automatically).