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Encryption

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

BitLocker TPM chip

How to allow BitLocker without a compatible TPM chip on Windows

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 09.02.2022
BitLocker is an encryption tool included in Windows that you can use to secure your data on any drive. Although by default, BitLocker requires the presence of a TPM chip in your computer to be able to encrypt the system drive, you can still use it without one. However, for...
BitLocker

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

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 15.09.2020
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 for special circumstances....
BitLocker

How to remove BitLocker To Go from a USB drive

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 28.08.2020
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 encrypted...
Cryptography

How to encrypt a system partition with BitLocker in Windows 10

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 10.08.2020
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...
BitLocker

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

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 05.08.2020
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,...
BitLocker

3 ways to access BitLocker in Windows

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 03.08.2020
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...
BitLocker To Go

How to unlock a BitLocker USB drive or external hard drive

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 29.07.2020
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...
BitLocker

Encrypt a USB drive with BitLocker To Go in Windows 10

  • tutorial
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 12.05.2020
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,...
password

8 tools to password protect your folders in Windows

  • misc
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 15.06.2018
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...
Kingston DataTraveler 2000

Reviewing the Kingston DataTraveler 2000 - The memory stick that Agent 47 would use

  • review
  • Codrut Neagu
  • 30.03.2016
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...
Encryption

How to Decrypt a TrueCrypt Encrypted Drive or Partition

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 02.08.2012
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. [DC-SUMMARY-BREAK] NOTE: In order...

What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 27.07.2012
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...

How to Encrypt Your System Drive With TrueCrypt In a Multi-Boot Configuration

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 25.07.2012
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...