What is BitLocker Encryption feature for Windows 7?

BitLocker Encryption is a built-in function for Windows 7 that ensures the material kept on the drives of computers from thefts. The feature can be applied for Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise which means that large organizations have the chance to encrypt the data for securing it.

As you know, removable storage devices and computers themselves are vulnerable to being interfered with the purpose of larceny the files or any sensitive data. It may occur that the device can be lost or even abducted that is why it is necessary to prevent undesired intrusion. The feature is really efficient as it is far more difficult to extract or restore the data if it is encrypted, becuse one needs to be an authorized user to access it.

We’ll try to explain how BitLocker Encryption feature works in plain words. Well, every file that you add to the drive disk of Windows 7 OS (including system files) is codified. No strangers can access the materials in case the computer is decommissioned, for instance.


Besides, it protects removable data storage devices and fixed drives. BitLocker keeps the data ciphered on it, and the device needs certain configurations before starting to write something on it. The procedure can be performed through the unblocking techniques, such as:

  • Unblock in an automatic way

As far as fixed drives are concerned, they can be unblocked in an automatic manner. If to speak about removable ones, you need to use your password or smart card at least for the first time. Further, it will be unlocked automatically. Still, Microsoft recommends their customers to combine an automatic manner with a password or smart cards.

  • Unblock with a password

The technique implies typing of the password before accessing the drive. The password should not be revealed to other users.

  • Unblock with a smart card

Another technique to unblock the encrypted access is with the help of smart cards which you need to put in before opening.


How to configure Bitlocker for the OS drive?

You are to to perform a few steps, following the instructions below. In case you have any troubles or difficulties, you may ask any tech-savvy friends for assistance, but we are sure you‘ll manage to do it on your own.

  • Find System and Security section on your computer, open it and continue with BitLocker Drive Encryption. (You need to click it as well)
  • Choose the option of turning on Bitlocker for the OS drives. The next step will be checking for the requirements needed for Bitlocker (keep calm: this will be done by the computer, not by you). You will be notified by the computer what next step you are to do. (Unless you know what is required for BitLocker, you may scan for them on the official website of Microsoft).
  • When TPM (Trusted Platform Modules) is launched, you will be offered to save the key on a USB, file or print it. (One can find here the information about what TPMs are accepted by BitLocker)
  • After that, you are to confirm that all things are prepared for encoding the drive.
  • Finally, restarting of the computer is required. During the process BitLocker will audit whether everything is ok, and if it is ready to run on it. In case of any troubles you will see a message saying that something is wrong.
  • You will be able to observe the status of encrypting on the display.

BitLocker for removable data storage devices

In order to set up BitLocker feature for removable drives, you also have to perform similar instructions, but selecting ‘’removable data storage device. Check yourself how well you understand the steps:

  • Find System and Security section on your computer, open it and continue with BitLocker Drive Encryption. (You need to click it as well)
  • Choose the option of turning on Bitlocker for the removable drives. The next step will be checking for the requirements needed for Bitlocker (keep calm: this will be done by the computer, not by you). You will be notified by the computer what the next step will be.
  • When TPM (Trusted Platform Modules) is launched, you will be offered to save the key on a USB, file or print it
  • After that, you are to confirm that everything is ready for encoding the removable drive.
  • Finally, restarting is required. During the process BitLocker will audit whether everything is ok, and if it is ready to run on it. In case of any troubles you will see a message saying that something is wrong.
  • You will be able to observe the status of encrypting on the display.

As you have noticed, the process is almost identical that is why it will be much easier for you to make all the necessary configurations for removable data storage devices.

It is indisputable that to be safe offline is vital nowadays, but one shouldn’t forget that there are not less and sometimes more insidious dangers online. The virtual world represents various malware, ransomware and virus attacks targeted different operating systems, including Windows 7.

How to deal with it? How to be more or less equipped for encountering them?

Among the existing security-protected services and instruments, there is a VPN that seems to be widely usable by netizens around the globe. Why?

  • On the one hand, a VPN makes your internet connecting encoded protecting the data passed via the web against being interfered into.
  • On the other hand, with a VPN an average internet user may feel more or less private online as there is the chance to hide his or her real IP address identifying who you are on the virtual space (malicious technicians might misuse it in their unknown purposes).

 

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