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Use Bit Locker to Go to Encrypt Your Portable Media

Bit Locker encrypts your drives so others cannot access them without a password. With an increasing number of key drives at our disposal, loss of sensitive data is becoming more of a threat. In this guide, you’ll learn how to encrypt your thumb drive with BitLocker to go, which comes with Windows 7.

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Encrypting Your Thumb Drive with BitLocker to go

To encrypt your thumb drive, do the following:

  1. Plug your thumb drive into a USB port
  2. Click the Start button, type BitLocker, and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption
  3. Next to your thumb drive, click Turn on BitLocker
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  4. If your thumb drive is compatible, BitLocker will prepare it
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  5. Choose a password and click continue
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  6. Either save your recovery key (used if you forget your password) or print a copy of it out
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  7. If you save the file, ensure it’s stored somewhere safe
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  8. Click Next
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  9. Confirm your chosen settings and password and click Start Encrypting
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  10. Your drive will now be encrypted
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  11. If you have a large thumb drive, this may take a long time
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Verifying Your Thumb Drive is Encrypted Properly

When protecting your data or anything you own, it is important to ensure the protection actually works. I took my thumb drive out of the Windows Seven machine and put it in a Vista machine. You should do the following too, to ensure your data is protected.

To verify your data is protected, do the following:

  1. Put your thumb drive in another PC and try to open the files. You should see a BitLocker setup file, which shows BitLocker is not installed on the computer you’re testing on. If you have BitLocker installed on the machine, you will be prompted for a password (see the next step.)
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  2. If you have BitLocker installed on the PC you are testing on, you will be prompted for your password
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  3. Enter your password to get to your data

Removing BitLocker Encryption

If you would like to decrypt your drive, do the following:

  1. Plug your thumb drive into a USB port
  2. Click the Start button, type BitLocker, and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption
  3. Next to your thumb drive, click Turn Off BitLocker, and click Decrypt
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  5. Your drive is no longer encrypted

Now you are familiar with Windows 7’s built-in feature, which helps you protect your data.



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Comments

  • Saitek009

    Love this feature. Very seamless. If only it integrated with XP better. But you can’t have it all. Still a very nice feature. Loved how at PDC last year they took a drive with files on it encrypted it and then just threw it into the audience.

  • Saitek009

    Love this feature. Very seamless. If only it integrated with XP better. But you can’t have it all. Still a very nice feature. Loved how at PDC last year they took a drive with files on it encrypted it and then just threw it into the audience.


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