Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How To Protect Windows To Go Drives With BitLocker

Windows To Go is a new technology developed from the house of Microsoft, it is an initiative from the Redmond based company for making the work while-you-go concept easier and smoother. With the Windows To Go feature, you will be able to use and work with your data from anywhere in the world. It is a new feature embedded with the latest Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition. The best thing about the feature is that all you need to have is access to your settings in the drive is to have a computer that can support the Windows 8 drivers.

From this system, you will be able to get all the features of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition. However, there is a single issue that you need to be worried about, what will happen if the drive gets stolen? Well in that case, there is nothing to worry as you can use the BitLocker encryption feature in the Windows 8.1 operating system for encrypting the drive, so that even if someone stole your drive, he or she will not be able to get any information from the drive.

The BitLocker program will provide the drive high security by encrypting it using either a 128-bit or a 256-bit encryption. Usually the BitLocker program makes use of the Trusted Platform Module for authenticating boot pathways and for protecting encryption keys. However since this is not possible with a Windows To Go Drive, the program makes use of a user defined password for protecting the data in the drive. If you wish to use the Windows To Go workspace on a computer, then you must first provide the password for the BitLocker program. Only if the program recognizes the password will you be able to use the workspace in the Windows To Go drive.

If you are planning to use a Windows To Go Drive then the first thing you need to make sure is that the computer with which you are planning to use the drive has support for Windows 8 drivers as you will be using Windows 8.1 interface when the program is launched. Also, be sure that you have enabled the security of the disc by encrypting it with BitLocker. If you do not have any encryption, then there is high risk involved.

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