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Encryption on Windows 10 (with BitLocker)

Introduction 

It is very important to store data securely for education and research. The university advises not to store data locally, on your hard drive in your notebook, but to use storage facilities at the UT. Data on the local drive may be lost in case of malfunctioning or because the device is lost or stolen.

Loss of personal or confidential data must be considered as a data breach. To avoid data breach always use an encrypted folder or encrypted data storage.

BitLocker is a Microsoft tool to encrypt your files. Only users with the right decryption-key will be able to decrypt the files. BitLocker is comparable with your home key or the code of your bank account. LISA recommends the use of BitLocker on all your Microsoft devices to prevent your data being accessed by others than yourself.

To activate BitLocker you can follow the manual below. Besides the activation, you will be informed how to save your BitLocker Key. 

Before you start

Activate BitLocker

STEP 1: ACTIVATE BITLOCKER

STEP 2: PRINT RECOVERY KEY 

When selecting the Microsoft Print to PDF option, the key will be saved as a PDF file, it will not send the file to a printer. 

 

STEP 3: CHOOSE ENCRYPTION METHOD 

STEP 4: START ENCRYPTION

It is recommended that you do not turn off the computer during the encryption. 

 

Beware: in some cases the computer needs a restart. During the restart the F1-key needs to be pressed (make sure that if you are using a notebook to use the notebook keyboard).