Smartphones are quickly becoming our most important computing device. We use them for communication, banking, shopping, payments, entertainment and, of course, work. However, the mobile revolution hasn’t come without some drawbacks, and with more people using a smartphone as their main computing device, security and privacy have an added importance.

That is why data encryption is critical, whether it’s to protect you and your company against the threat of a lost phone — or to make sure that your personal content is kept separate from your work data and is unavailable to your employer.

Having the right security and privacy measures in place is all the more important when using your smartphone within a work environment. While some businesses will deploy enterprise-grade data separation solutions like Samsung’s Knox Workspace, which creates a partition between work and personal use, there are many employers who operate with looser BYOD policies, or don’t have the necessary resources to manage and maintain such an infrastructure.

In these situations, people still want to feel a sense of personal privacy and have a separation between their work and home lives — and Samsung’s Secure Folder offers just that.

Building a Connected Ecosystem

Available on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Note8 and the new Galaxy S9 and S9+, Secure Folder offers a simple solution for those who want to protect their personal information. Even though it’s free, it leverages the enterprise-grade security offered by the Samsung Knox platform, including data encryption, allowing anyone to easily create a secure area on their phone to store work data and keep it separate from personal data — or vice versa.

This secure storage space not only provides an easily accessible way for users to build a barrier between different types of data, it provides a way for users to customize how they access their data, whether it’s via passcode or biometric authentication.

Apps installed in these secure containers gain an additional layer of protection against cyberattacks, with users required to use a PIN, password, pattern or biometric authentication method, such as fingerprint or iris scanning.

The folder is designed to be easy to set up and use, meaning that even if your company is not deploying a data separation solution, your personal files and apps can be kept safe, without having to involve the IT department. Apps can easily be added to Secure Folder by clicking “Add Apps” and then selecting from apps already installed on the phone, or downloading from the app store. All other content — including documents, photos and files — can be transferred by simply choosing “Add Files” when you are in Secure Folder.

Secure Cloud Backup

Using data encryption on your device is an important step, but if you lose your smartphone or have it stolen, having a way to access that data is paramount. That’s why Secure Folder supports a secure cloud backup integrated with Samsung Cloud, making data restoration a breeze. It also gives users the opportunity to access both work and personal files at any point throughout the day, regardless of location.

Adding a further layer of protection, the secure cloud backup system in the folder is isolated from other general files. With this structure, data restoration can only be done through the Settings inside the secure area, and only by the original Samsung account user.

Along with the peace of mind having your data backed up remotely brings, Samsung Cloud offers a hassle-free way of transferring everything to your new device. As well as restoring your data and apps, your backup will restore your preferred home screen layout, your alarms and even your Wi-Fi settings.

With more and more people using their mobile phones for both work and personal reasons, having a solution like Secure Folder to ensure the protection of your own data and provide a way to safely back up your files.

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