BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threat of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen or inappropriately decommissioned computers.
BitLocker provides the most protection when used with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 1.2 or later. The TPM is a hardware component installed in many newer computers by computer manufacturers. It works with BitLocker to help protect user data and to ensure that a computer has not been tampered with while the system was offline.
What services does BitLocker impact?
BitLocker does not cause an impact on your daily operations. You will be able to access and share files with others, but your data will be protected against unauthorized access in the event your computer is lost or stolen.
Can I encrypt specific files using BitLocker?
BitLocker is not a file-level encryption service, and there is no option to encrypt specific files or folders.
Can I be exempt from BitLocker Encryption?
No computer is to be exempt from encryption.
What will not be encrypted?
- Removable Drives such as USB flash drives.
- MacOS devices. A separate encryption program is being developed for MacOS.
What happens to my computer when BitLocker is enabled?
Once enabled, BitLocker encryption occurs in the background while you continue to work, and the system remains usable. Encryption times vary depending on the type of drive that is being encrypted, the size of the drive, and the speed of the drive. Once enabled on a machine you may notice a negligible decrease of performance on your machine while your computer is encrypting.
How do I know if my computer is encrypted?
A BitLocker encrypted drive can be identified by looking at the drive-in File Explorer under This PC (Windows Key + E). A small lock will appear next to an encrypted drive.
What do I do if BitLocker goes into recovery mode?
Contact the University Help Desk at 239-590-1188 Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 11:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm or email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.