It's always a good idea to keep your personal data safe.
The easiest way to do this is with encryption.
And it all starts with your smart phone.
To encrypt an iPhone or an iPad, all you have to do is add a passcode.
Head to settings.
Select touch ID and passcode.
Tap turn passcode on and enter a strong code.
It's a little more complicated for Android devices.
Google's Nexus devices and other phones that shift with Android 6.0 Marshmallow like the new Galaxy S7 come with encryption enabled by default.
On stock Android, head to settings, click security followed by screen lock and create a code But for most older devices, you will need to manually encrypt it.
Make sure the phone is plugged in, since it could take up to an hour, depending on the amount of data on your device.
Now once the passcode has been created, head to settings, select security, click on encrypt phone, and follow the steps.
Encrypting your phone may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have a low end device like the Moto G, or an older phone, your device could take a performance hit after you encrypt it.
And the only way to roll back encryption, is to wipe the device completely.
So I recommend only doing it with recent high-end devices such as the Galaxy s6, LG G4, HGC1M10, and their newer model The method is a little different depending on your device.
So for more information be sure to check out my full article over at howto.cnet.com.