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.
Protecting the data on your flash drive or USB memory stick with BitLocker drive encryption is a smart move to ensure that your 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 the encrypted drive. All you have to do to access the data on your USB memory stick is to enter the password you configured. Here's how:
USB memory sticks, also known as flash drives, are very convenient when it comes to transporting data. Their tiny size allows you to carry them unnoticed in a pocket or on a key ring, while their storage capacity allows you to store anything including videos, documents, presentations, applications, system recovery tools 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 them at risk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: In order to decrypt a drive, it must be first mounted by TrueCrypt. If you are working with an external drive, manually mount it before you can go ahead with the decryption process.