Encryption with BitLocker in Windows 10

Windows has been offering it's Bitlocker feature for quite some time now. With Windows 10, this feature has not only improved but offers support for even more devices. Read how you can make use of this feature.

Bitlocker is a program that allows you to encrypt your data. It is an enterprise level feature that is capable of encrypting drives, single files and folders.

Does it work with Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows this feature was limited to ultimate and business editions. Windows 10 also have this feature for Pro and Enterprise editions with more features. Home edition of Windows 10 also supports device encryption but not using Bitlocker exclusively. Like previous versions of Windows, this time Bitlocker does offer you option of locking external drives, internal drives and using USB for authentication key.

Who should use BitLocker

Anyone who wants to secure their files from being modified should use Bitlocker. However most of the business and the users with confidential data use the Bitlocker. You can even use it for keeping some files away from kids or other people from your family.
Note that your Windows credentials and Bitlocker has no connection. So make sure you keep this in mind while setting the password. Bitlocker allows you to access of single user accessing the file at the same time. So multi-user access for encrypted data may not be possible.

What about existing Bitlocker Encrypted Devices

Windows 10 should support your existing drives and files for encryption. Bitlocker 10 backwards compatibility support is available since Windows 7 ultimate version. And if you find it harder to access those files, revert back to the previous OS and decrypt before you upgrade. You can also do the encryption after finishing your upgrade or clean install. When you do migrate to bitlocker with encryption password, make sure you download and keep the file handy or have USB Key ready. These two options work better for quicker access to encrypted drives than printing out the key.

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How does it works

Bitlocker is capable of converting NTFS and modern file system to be encrypted. All you have to do is enable the Bitlocker on the drive. You can then either encrypt the files or folder or driver using the interface. You can use USB Key mode, user authentication mode and transparent operation mode. By default most of the OEM installs set the Bitlocker for USB key mode. This mode is really handy if you want to use any external USB for logging into your drive. Bitlocker can be used from GUI interface or command line tool. If you want to secure files from some people then you need this tool.
Learn how to encrypt your drive by following these instructions.

Steps to encrypt your drive using Bitlocker

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the driver you want to encrypt.
2. Right click on the drive and select the menu option - " Turn on Bitlocker".
3. Set the password to unlock the drive. (Write this password down at some place where only you can access that).
4. Save the recovery key into file or USB or print it out.
5. Choose from "used drive space' or "entire disk drive" depending on your choice.
6. Start the encryption process.
7. Restart the computer.

Note: Considering Bitlocker as an admin level feature, Windows 10 will ask you for the UAC permission every time you want to perform some specific tasks related to Bitlocker.

Once you follow the steps explained above you'll have Bitlocker enabled on your drive. You can also encrypt your existing USB drives too using device encryption feature. When you are using encryption on external devices, you should use Bitlocker to Go feature.

Should you use Bitlocker? If your data is sensitive and you don't want anyone else to access it, then the answer is yes. Instead of using expensive external encryption programs, you can use this feature offered within the operating system.


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