Encryption is the process of converting a file, image or any kind of digital data into unreadable code that cannot be read without a cipher or password that can decrypt. If you have files with sensitive information like financial statements, passwords, account information, health data, or stuff you just want to keep private, encryption is a good idea.
If someone physically steals your computer or device, they will not be able to see your information. There are pros and cons to encryption, considerations that you will need to spend time investigating.
Apple offers it built in as does Windows. Piece of mind is nice and rather easy to set up.
Encryption requires some time understanding and developing a system for encrypting data. This is not an in-depth guide.
Stolen Personal Information
Personal information stored in plain text such as passwords and or financial information sent in an email
Dark Web Data Marketplace
Your data whether from sites and apps you use to data stored on your computer is sold on the dark web