Encryption

What is encryption and how to use it to protect your data? How to use BitLocker, encrypted USB drives, BitLocker To Go, etc.

How to manage BitLocker on a USB memory stick or flash drive

If you've taken the time to protect your data using BitLocker To Go, you might want to understand the options you have for managing your encrypted USB memory stick or flash drive. Basic usage includes nothing more than entering your password, but you need to know more...

How to remove BitLocker To Go from a USB drive

BitLocker To Go is useful when you want to protect the data on your removable drives (USB memory sticks, external hard disks, etc.). Though it can be helpful, it may not appeal to all users, because it asks you for a password each time you want to use the...

How to encrypt a system partition with BitLocker in Windows 10

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...

Get access to a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive when you forget its password

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...

3 ways to access BitLocker in Windows

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),...

How to unlock a BitLocker USB drive or external hard drive

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,...

Encrypt a USB drive with BitLocker To Go in Windows 10

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...

How to enable BitLocker encryption without a TPM chip in Windows

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...

8 tools to password protect your folders in Windows

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...

How to Decrypt a TrueCrypt Encrypted Drive or Partition

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...

What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

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...