BitLocker Drive Encryption is one of the most used encryption solutions for Windows. It’s a security tool that helps protect your data by encrypting entire partitions or hard drives. If you’re using a Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise version of Windows, you can use BitLocker. In this guide, we’d like to show you the basics of encrypting your system partition with BitLocker, with and without a TPM chip in your computer:
Data security and data privacy are increasingly hot topics nowadays and because of that, more and more companies offer secure storage devices that aim to protect your data. One such example is the new Kingston DataTraveler 2000, a USB 3.1 memory stick that uses military grade 256-bit AES hardware encryption to protect all the data stored on it. Another cool aspect of this device is that it also includes a physical keypad that you can use to enter the access PIN code set for your drive. We have had the pleasure of using and testing this little device for a couple of days and we are now ready to share our experience. If you’re looking to buy a set of secure USB flash drives for yourself or your organisation, you should definitely read this review.
BitLocker is a tool included in Windows 7 (Enterprise and Ultimate ), Windows 8.1 (Pro and Enterprise) and Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise) that can be used to encrypt data on any drive. However, in order to encrypt your system drive, you must have a TPM chip in your computer. If you don’t, it is still possible to use BitLocker but you need to set Windows so that it allows the use of BitLocker without this chip. In this article I will first explain the use of a TPM chip (what it is and why it is used) and how to set Windows so that it does not to require this chip in order to encrypt your system drive with BitLocker. There’s plenty of ground to cover, so let’s get started:
Protecting the data on your flash drive using BitLocker drive encryption is a smart move to ensure that your personal information is not available to anyone who gets their hands on your drive. While it does take a while to encrypt the data, after the initial setup, you will have no trouble using your encrypted drive. By entering the password you configured, you can unlock it for regular use in a matter of seconds to have full access to view, copy and edit your data. Read on to learn everything you'll need to know to work with your encrypted drive.
You've encrypted your flash drive using BitLocker To Go so your data is safe from prying eyes. To anyone without your password, your files will be garbled beyond comprehension. Unfortunately, if you lose your password, your data will remain just as indecipherable to you too. Luckily, if you have the recovery key that you saved during the initial BitLocker configuration, you'll have no trouble unlocking the drive and rescuing your data. Once the drive is unlocked, you can change your password to avoid this issue in the future. This tutorial will explain everything you need to know to work with your drive after losing your password.
BitLocker To Go is a very useful feature that can help protect the data on your flash drive if it should be lost or stolen. Though it can be very helpful, it isn't a perfect feature and it may not appeal to all users. If you've encrypted your flash drive and given BitLocker To Go a fair trial and you decide to return the flash drive to its normal state, you'll need to decrypt the drive. This tutorial will walk you through the process.
Memory sticks, also known as flash drives, are extremely convenient when it comes to transporting data. Their tiny size allows you to carry them unnoticed in a pocket or on a key ring, but their storage capacity allows you to store anything including videos, documents, applications and even operating systems. Unfortunately, the small size that makes them so useful also makes them easy to lose, which can put any sensitive information you have stored on the device at risk. To protect your data, and yourself, you can utilize BitLocker To Go, a feature of Windows that encrypts your data to prevent unauthorized viewing. Without your password, smart card or recovery key, your data will be indecipherable to anyone who finds your drive. This tutorial will show how it works.
If encrypting a partition with TrueCrypt can be a lengthy and painful process, the decryption is a lot smoother and faster. In this guide, I would like to share the steps involved, to make you feel comfortable and confident enough to go ahead with the process.
One of my recent dilemmas was: if I encrypt my computer, how much will computing performance have to suffer because of it? Will there be a big difference? If yes, in which areas? That’s why I decided to run some tests on both my computers and learn more about the impact TrueCrypt encryption has on computing performance.
Many people use TrueCrypt to encrypt their systems and maintain their data as safe as possible. Encrypting your computer when you have one operating system installed and one partition is relatively easy, even with TrueCrypt. But, what about encrypting your system drive when using a multi-boot setup? That’s really complicated and this guide is here to help.