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Activating data encryption on devices

About device encryption

As an administrator, you can use inSync to encrypt data on Windows laptops and Android devices. Encryption of data on Mac, Linux, Windows Phone, and iOS devices are not supported.

Few things to note about data encryption by inSync:

  • inSync can only encrypt data that resides in the configured backup folders. It does not encrypt data in the inSync Share folder. 
  • To encrypt data on Windows laptops, inSync uses Encrypting File System (EFS), a feature of Windows. However, inSync does not backup the EFS keys used for encryption by Windows.
  • To encrypt data on Android devices, inSync uses the built-in encryption mechanism provided by Android.
  • inSync does not backup data in encrypted format from Windows laptops or Android devices. Data is decrypted and then backed up. Similarly, data is restored to the devices and then encrypted again.
  • If a user copies data to a USB flash drive from an encrypted backup folder, the data will remain encrypted. However, if the data is copied to a network drive, or shared using MS Outlook, it will be in decrypted format.

Activating data encryption for Windows laptops

As an administrator, you can choose to encrypt the data on Windows laptops of users. This functionality is managed through profiles and not at individual user level.

You have the option of enabling encryption for data that resides in:

  • All backup folders on the user's laptop.
  • Just the selected mandatory backup folders on the user's laptop.

To activate data encryption for laptops of users associated to a profile

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage > Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Under the DLP tab, in the DLP for Laptops area, click Edit. The Edit Profile window appears.

    dlp-laptopencrypt.png

  4. Select the appropriate option from the Encrypt list
    • To encrypt data in all backup folders on user's computer, select All backup folders.
    • To encrypt data in just the mandatory backup folders on user's computer, select Mandatory folders. The list of mandatory backup folders is displayed. You can choose the folders that you want to encrypt.
  5. Click Save.

Activating data encryption for Android devices

You can choose to encrypt the data on the backup folders of the user's Android devices. On iPhones, data is encrypted by default. Therefore, data encryption through inSync is not required. This functionality is managed through profiles and not at individual user level.

To activate data encryption for Android devices

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage > Profiles.
  2. Click the profile that you want to modify.
  3. Under the DLP tab, in the DLP for Mobiles area, click Edit. The Edit Profile window appears.

    dlp-encryptmobile.png

  4. Select Encryption for android.
  5. Click Save.
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