I know. I'm just going back to 4.3 stock rooted.
I'm not sure where to look for firmware version. I know my current software version is 4.06.1540.2
I've done a little research, and apparently this is not just my issue. For encryption to work on kit kat, you pretty much have to be stock and take the update.
And yeah, I knew you can't really do OTA with custom ROMs, at least not easily, and if so, it's prone to bugginess. I just wondered if anyone had found a way around that.
W/e. I have all my apps backed up, so the flash should be fairly painless. I live in a place where cell phone theft is really common, so I'd prefer being able to encrypt my device. :|