Guide to Microsoft BitLocker

Guide to Microsoft BitLocker

BitLocker, Microsoft's built-in encryption tool, first shipped with the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Since then, it has consistently held the attention of IT professionals hoping to protect corporate data because it allows for full-system encryption. BitLocker To Go is an extension of BitLocker that protects removable drives, such as external hard drives and USB memory sticks, by requiring a password or a smart card in order to access the stored information.

In this guide, we've compiled tips to help you understand the basics and usefulness of using both BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. We also give you the latest updates on these encryption tools.

Table of contents:

Understanding Microsoft BitLocker

Understand the basics of Microsoft BitLocker encryption

Microsoft Vista SP1 upgraded the capabilities of BitLocker to include encryption of multiple disk volumes and removable media such as USB drives.

Questions about using BitLocker Drive Encryption

Have questions about using BitLocker Drive Encryption with Windows Vista? Our expert discusses some myths and other concerns surrounding it.

BitLocker means end-to-end encryption for Vista

Could BitLocker be the answer to your encryption prayers? Read about how you can encrypt your Windows Vista system using BitLocker Drive Encryption in one of these four ways: transparent, USB key, combined or user authentication.

How to use BitLocker as part of a customer data protection program

BitLocker can be an effective tool in your data protection services. We give specific recommendations for implementing BitLocker to protect your client's data.

How to recover from lost BitLocker PINs and startup keys

Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption makes it possible to encrypt your system drive, but permanent data loss can occur if you forget the PIN or lose the startup key. Here are some steps that you can take to regain your lost data.

Windows BitLocker: Enabling disk encryption for data protection

With Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a whole-disk encryption mechanism called BitLocker. The feature has enabled Windows to provide better data protection, but the tool is not without drawbacks. We stack BitLocker up against other encryption alternatives and reveals what Vista's data protection feature can (and can't) do.

TrueCrypt disk encryption: A cheap alternative to BitLocker?

Before Microsoft introduced BitLocker for Windows, there was TrueCrypt -- an open source disk encryption system. TrueCrypt has features that make it a good choice for those who can't afford the Enterprise or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, Vista or Windows Server 2008 R2.

How to secure BitLocker configurations

BitLocker can be configured for Windows security in many ways: with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), with TPM and a startup PIN, or without TPM but with a USB device. Find out which of these settings is right for you in this book excerpt.

Securing Windows Server 2008: BitLocker data protection basics

Learn about BitLocker data protection including installation, configuration, Trusted Platform Modules, encryption and recovery in this book excerpt.

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BitLocker To Go basics

Managing client encryption with BitLocker To Go

Windows 7 Enterprise users have access to BitLocker To Go, Microsoft's encryption program for removable drives. Find out how to use it easily and automate with Group Policy settings.

Securing removable drives with BitLocker To Go

BitLocker To Go, which shipped with Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise Editions, can help secure FireWire and USB drives -- but is it right for your business?

How to use BitLocker To Go in Windows 7: A primer

In the first of two parts, Phil Cox reviews BitLocker To Go features in Windows 7.

Your BitLocker To Go Active Directory policy options

In the second installment of his two-part series, Phil Cox reviews recommended BitLocker To Go settings that should be configured in your organization.

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The latest on BitLocker

Ensure compliance with Windows BitLocker encryption using MBAM 2.0

Before you can use MBAM 2.0 to manage Windows BitLocker encryption across multiple computers, follow these tips on deploying and administering it.

MBAM 2.0 simplifies large-scale Microsoft BitLocker implementations

Ensuring encryption compliance across multiple machines gets easier with MBAM 2.0, which enables enforcement and management of Microsoft BitLocker.

MDOP 2011 R2 brings new security, management tools

The Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring tool in Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset and Asset Inventory Service updates.

BitLocker's improvements leave gaps to be aware of

Microsoft's BitLocker encryption tool is built in to the Windows operating system, but is it completely free? Beware of some hidden costs that could outweigh improvements.

BitLocker in R2 provides data protection for semi-protected servers

While more commonly associated with desktop security, Microsoft's BitLocker To Go technology in Windows Server 2008 R2 is also ideal for protecting branch office servers.

Full-system encryption with BitLocker vs. third-party alternatives

The BitLocker feature in Windows allows for full-system encryption, but it may not do everything you need. Consider third-party encryption products, but be aware of their costs.

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