Feb 26, 2016

How to encrypt a Windows 10 PC?

Perhaps I’m being paranoid, but there have been a few burglaries in my neighborhood recently, and I’m concerned about all the sensitive personal information a thief could potentially gain access to if they stole my PC. What do I need to do to encrypt a Windows 10 PC?
"Your PC will likely need to have a Trusted Protection Module (TPM) on its motherboard, but it's often missing on cheaper PCs and even expensive older PCs. And you must be running a Pro, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition of Windows Vista or later. If your PC is BitLocker-compatible, you'll find the BitLocker Drive Encryption settings (called Manage BitLocker in Windows 10) in the Security control panel. In some cases, you can also encrypt external drives.

Enterprise editions of Windows can encrypt attached USB drives and thumb drives, using the BitLocker to Go tool. But consumer editions can't, so your backups won't be encrypted.

If your PC doesn't support BitLocker, use a third-party encryption tool like VeraCrypt."

Here are the steps to encrypt your drive with BitLocker, which is the tool provided by Microsoft on Professional Windows versions.
1.Sign in to Windows with an administrator account.
2.Go to Start, enter encryption, and select Change device encryption settings from the list of results.
3.Select Manage BitLocker, select Turn on BitLocker, and then follow the instructions.
If you have a Home addition you can upgrade it to Pro for around $100 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation > Go to Store. There are other options for encryption, if you don’t want to pay for the upgrade. Take a look at TrueCrypt which isn’t as secure as BitLocker but should still work ok.
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