Windows® 7 disk encryption
What is disk encryption feature in Windows 7? What are the advantages associated with it?
Windows BitLocker is a disk encryption tool. It is a security application. For encrypting the whole disk drive BitLocker is a the preferred choice. It is an integral security feature in the Windows 7 operating system and protects data stored on fixed and removable data drives and the operating system drive. It is available only in the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. It provides more security to users, and protects their private files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. Windows 7 is the most advanced Operating System from Microsoft. It supports all the latest features and satisfies users need. Windows 7 also incorporates users feedback as well. The various enhanced features included in it are multi-touch screen, device management, and power management. Moreover, Windows 7 has backup and restore feature as well.
Discussed below are the role of disk encryption feature in Windows 7, its use and benefits:
- About disk encryption
- Use of disk encryption
- Benefits of disk encryption
About disk encryption
Disk encryption is a process of encrypting data. Encryption is the conversion of data into a format so that unauthorized persons cannot access authorized data. As such, encryption provides a solid security to the data stored in the system. D Unauthorized people are unable are disabled from recognizing the data which prevents them from making unsolicited attempts to hack data.
Use of disk encryption
Disk encryption feature provides data protection by encrypting the entire data source. This feature is included in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows 7 desktop Operating System. BitLocker is a full disk encryption feature and to operate this, the hard disk requires at least two NTFS-formatted volumes. It provides a two-factor authentication by using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and single-factor authentication by storing a key on a USB flash drive.
All temporary files are encrypted because these files are sensitive, as they might reveal important confidential data. With full disk encryption, it support pre-boot authentication. Data loss- such as simply destroying the cryptography keys- may render the contained data useless. And also the decision as to which individual files to encrypt can be avoided by this disk encryption feature. This is important for situations where users forget to encrypt sensitive files.
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