Using BitLocker To Fully Encrypt Your Microsoft Computing Devices

Bitlocker will enable you to protect your microsoft windows computing devices, especially protable devices, so in the event they are lost or stolen, there is no way for anyone to access the data on the storage devices.
Bitlocker fully encrypts the hard drive so if it is removed from the computer, it is unreadable. This ensures any sensitive data is fully protected and helps manage potetntial data loss issues and the reputation of the Campus.

By adding a boot up PIN along with your normal TAMUG login credentials, it makes it almost impossible for anyone to access the portable device. It also provides a recovery key that can be used should you forget your PIN. Your recovery key will be managed by Information Services in case you ever need it.

If you work with sensitive, confidential or research data then it is in your best interest to get your computing devices protected by Bitlocker.

Please email helpdesk@tamug.edu with the Subject Line: Bitlocker Installation so we can organize a time to visit with you and start the installation. Once the installation starts you can continue working while the hard drive is encrypted in the background.

Using Filevault To Fully Encrypt Your Apple Computing Devices

Filevault is Apples full disc encryption software. It operates in the same manner as Bitlocker.

If you work with sensitive, confidential or research data then it is in your best interest to get your computing devices protected by Filevault.

Please email helpdesk@tamug.edu with the Subject Line: Filevault Installation so we can organize a time to visit with you and start the installation. Once the installation starts you can continue working while the hard drive is encrypted in the background.

DIY - Enabling BitLocker for External Hard Drives and USB Flash Drives

Bitlocker is a Microsoft Windows application that allows you to password protect and encrypt your portable computing device including external hard drives and USB flash drives.
On this page we explain how to protect your external hard drive or USB flash drive.


To enable BitLocker encryption on a USB flash drive or external hard drive, do the following:

  1. Insert the USB flash drive (or external hard drive if not already connected), click Start, and then click Computer.

  2. Right-click the USB flash drive (or external hard drive), and then click Turn On BitLocker… 

  3. On the Choose How You Want To Unlock This Drive windows, choose Use a Password to Unlock This Drive.


    Bitlocker Password

  4. On the How Do You Want To Store Your Recovery Key window, click Save The Recovery Key To A File.
    In the Save BitLocker Recovery Key As dialog box, choose a save location, such as you’re my Documents folder, and then click Save.
    **Please send a copy of your recovery key to Information Services so we can store it for you in case you need it.**

  5. On the Are You Ready To Encrypt This Drive window, click Start Encrypting. Do not remove the USB flash drive until the encryption process is complete.
    How long the encryption takes depends on the size of the drive. USB drive encryption take approximately 6 to 10 minutes per gigabyte to complete. The encryption process performs the following:

    • Adds an autorin.inf file, the BitLocker To Go reader, and a ReadMe.txt file to the USB flash drive.

    • Creates a virtual volume with the full contents for the drive in the remaining drive space.

    • Encrypts the virtual volume with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit.

    • Once the encryption process completes you will be notified by a window. 

      Bitlocker Complete

When you insert the encrypted drive into a USB port on a computer running Windows 7 and above dialog box will display. When you are prompted, enter the password you created.
Optionally, check Automatically Unlock On This Computer From Now On for ease of use. If you are running Windows 8 you must click on More options to check Automatically unlock on this PC.

  • Finally, click Unlock

    Bitlocker Unlock

 

To request help with this service please contact IS Helpdesk at helpdesk@tamug.edu or call 409 740 4714.