BitLocker Drive Encryption is one of the most used encryption solutions for Windows. It's a security tool found in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions that helps protect your data from unauthorized access. It does that by allowing you to encrypt system partitions, as well as other partitions you may have on your drives. In this tutorial, we're going to guide you through the process of encrypting system partitions with BitLocker:
You've encrypted your flash drive using BitLocker To Go, and now your data is safe from prying eyes. To anyone without your password, your files are garbled beyond comprehension. Unfortunately, if you lose your BitLocker password, your data stays just as indecipherable to you as it is to others. Luckily, if you saved the recovery key during the initial BitLocker configuration, you should 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.
BitLocker is one of the most straightforward tools that you can use on Windows computers to encrypt and protect your files and folders from unauthorized access. It's available in Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise editions), as well as Windows 7 (Enterprise and Ultimate editions), but finding it can be daunting if you've never used it before. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to access BitLocker on your Windows PC using several methods. Here they are:
Protecting the data on your external hard drive or USB memory stick with BitLocker To Go is a smart move to ensure that your files are not available to anyone who gets their hands on your drive. While it does take a while for BitLocker To Go to encrypt the data, after the initial setup, you should have no trouble using the encrypted drive. All you have to do is to unlock it by entering the BitLocker password that you have set initially. Here's how the process works:
USB memory sticks, as well as external hard disk drives and flash drives, are convenient means of transporting data. They allow you to carry anything, including videos, documents, presentations, applications, system recovery tools, and even operating systems. Unfortunately, the fact that they're portable also makes them prone to being lost, which can put any sensitive information you have stored on them at risk. To protect your data and yourself, you can use BitLocker To Go, a Windows tool that encrypts your data to prevent unauthorized viewing.
BitLocker is a tool included in Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise), Windows 7 (Enterprise and Ultimate), and Windows 8.1 (Pro and Enterprise) that can be used to encrypt data on any drive. By default, you must have a TPM chip in your computer to encrypt your system drive. If you do not have one, it is still possible to use BitLocker, but you need to set Windows so that it allows the use of BitLocker without this chip.
For any company, security is crucial. Employees and the way they communicate represent one of the most significant security holes. Email messages, files sent through the network, on USB memory sticks or portable hard drives, these are all things that can be intercepted relatively easily. That is why one of the most critical aspects for the security of a company or institution is how the data is encrypted and how the access to information is controlled. We would like to take a look at one of the best encryption solutions, that can be used locally but also managed remotely.
It would be great to see Microsoft release a Windows version which allows users to password-protect specific folders that contain sensitive data. However, until that happens, if you want to protect your folders, you must use software created by other companies. Although there are many such apps, most of them are not friendly to use, and some are dodgy. We did some research and tested more than 20 programs that specialize in protecting folders, including security suites that include such protection tools.
BitLocker To Go is a useful feature that can help protect the data on your removable drives (USB memory sticks, external hard disks and so on) if it should be lost or stolen. Though it can be helpful, it isn't a perfect feature and it may not appeal to all users, because it asks you for a password, each time you want to use the encrypted drive.
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.