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Using BitLocker Drive Encryption
If you want to fine-tune the BitLocker settings, you can find dozens of group
policy settings by opening the Start screen, typing in gpedit.msc , and hitting
Enter. Then navigate through Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates,
Windows Components, and BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Enabling BitLocker To Go Drive Encryption
Just about every computer user I know has a number of USB storage devices
for moving and sharing files. With the storage size of USB lash devices
skyrocketing and the amount of data users store on the small, easy-to-lose devices
increasing, the need to protect your data is becoming critical. Many users have
all their personal documents stored on a tiny USB storage device. What would
happen if you lost one of your drives? Anyone who finds it can plug it into their
computer and have full access to all your private data.
Thankfully, Microsoft has addressed this issue in Windows 8 with a new
version of BitLocker Drive Encryption designed for USB storage devices called
BitLocker To Go. The portable version of BitLocker provides a very simple but
effective way to protect your data with encryption.
Best of all, BitLocker To Go is compatible with all versions of Windows. Just
take your encrypted USB storage device to any other Windows 8 computer and
you will be prompted for the device password. After you enter the password you
have full read and write access to your drive. If you use your device on older
versions of Windows, a special program launches, asks for your password, and then
provides you with read-only access to your files.
Enabling BitLocker To Go is the easiest of all the security features:
1. Open File Explorer to all drives on your PC.
2. Locate and right-click your USB drive and click Turn On BitLocker.
3. Check the box to use a password to unlock the drive as shown in Figure 18-14.
4. Enter your password twice and click Next.
5. Save the recovery key to your Microsoft account, or to a file, or print it.
Then click Next.
6. Select Encrypt Used Disk Space Only if the USB drive is brand new.
Selecting Encrypt Entire Drive if you ever had previous data on the drive
prevents the old deleted data from ever being recovered.
7. Click Next and then click Start Encrypting.