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A logical volume encryption feature included with specific versions of Microsoft Windows Vista and later.

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How does bitlocker work when unlocking a removable drive on another PC using a password?

Here's the scenario: I have an external harddrive encrypted with bitlocker. I disconnect that drive from the PC that encrypted it, and connect it to a different PC. Surprisingly, when I do this, all ...
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Veracrypt and Bitlocker VS Bad Sector

Want to know what happen to: Bitlocker partition Veracrypt partition Veracrypt container If there's bad sector appear in the encryption area. Can I still mount/open the encryption to save non-...
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How exactly does Windows Bitlocker work?

I wonder how Windows Bitlocker and other similar software works. I know they differ in terms of security level as some software does not fully encrypt locked files, but I'm speaking of unauthorized ...
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TPM vs TCM - InTune and BitLcoker compliance in China

It appears that TPM is banned in China, therefore, Dell laptops shipped to China are equipped with TCM chips instead of TPM. How secure is TCM? gov backdoors? Wondering how does if devices with TCM ...
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Is a cold-boot-attack on a bitlocker key in TPM still possible, if I use the TPM with a different drive in the meantime?

I have a laptop with the system disk encrypted by Bitlocker. Bitlocker is configured to require a pre-boot pin, and unlocks by TPM. The recovery key is required to unlock and is not available atm. The ...
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Is looking for plain text strings on an encrypted disk a good test?

I have a dual boot PC, where the Win10 (uncompressed) partition is encrypted with BitLocker. I was curious about making this test (and also encryption took quite a short time in my opinion), so while ...
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Is it safe to give away a computer with a hard drive previously encrypted with BitLocker?

Assuming the hard drive is encrypted with BitLocker and it is on a laptop with a TPM module. Then the hard drive is formatted and Windows is completely reinstalled. Is it still possible to recover the ...
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Can a drive in locked state (via BitLocker) be over-encrypted/over-locked by ransomware?

Can a drive (system or external) that is already Bitlocker encrypted and locked, be able to be attacked and encrypted by ransomware? We need prevention from over-encryption, not destruction or ...
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How to securely encrypt my computer and protect it from thieves and others

I did enabled Bitlocker encryption on my Windows 10 Pro Laptop. but it has TPM 2.0 chip installed and Because of that it DOES NOT actually Protecting me as someone JUST NEED TO CRACK 1 PASSWORD (...
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Is using a windows user account password necessary on a PC with bitlocker and a complex pin?

Is there a security risk to disabling the windows user account password, since my PC is already unlocked with a complex pin at boot time? I have my PC configured with sleep disabled. I'm running ...
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Is a BitLocker recovery key an unavoidable brute-force attack vulnerability?

While doing some encryption work on drives I found that BitLocker keeps making these "recovery keys". No other encryption software I used did that so it annoyed me and made me biased perhaps....
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Why does Windows not enable TPM 2.0 parameter encryption to protect against bus sniffing of Bitlocker key?

Comes from Bitlocker, does additional authentication at startup with TPM device provide any extra security? You can sniff the key right from the bus currently: As the decryption happens automatically,...
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Isolate Dual-Boot Windows OS's - Encryption Programs

My machine has Name Model Disk No. Capacity SDD LITEON L8H 0 240 GB HDD HGST 1 1 TB ( 932 Gb ) SDD contains: Windows 10 (for work) HDD contains: Partition 1 / ├─ Files ( text , imgs , video , ...
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How does Bitlocker Drive encryption work and which info are sent?

I'm looking forward to discovering more about the way in which USB devices encrypted with BitLocker are protected. If I insert a USB key encrypted with BitLocker on a different device, I can access ...
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Does a BitLocker recovery key have any use on removable media, a.k.a 'BitLocker to Go', other than if you forget your password?

I understand that there are multiple reasons that a recovery key might be needed on a system partition, but why would I want the extra security risk of having a way of circumventing my password for ...
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Can I use VeraCrypt with an SSD?

I recently got Windows 10, and I am not overly thrilled at Microsoft having a copy of my password on their servers. I will also be forced to make a hotmail account, instead of just using a local ...
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Can M.2 docking stations be used to make forensic images of (Bitlocker encrypted) M.2 disks?

I am looking into M.2 docking stations such as the Maiwo K3016S as shown below. Is it possible to use such docking stations optionally in combination with a USB- or software write-blocker, in order ...
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Can I safely disable and re-enable Secure Boot when Bitlocker is used in order to make a Forensic Image?

I am about to make a forensic image (using dc3dd from OSFClone) of two laptops and in this specific case I'd like to startup using an bootable USB stick with OSFClone and image the disk to an external ...
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Installed TPM, how to use BitLocker without USB key?

I have a Windows 10 computer with 3 hard drives: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB (SSD, system drive where Windows 10 is installed, not encrypted yet) First 3 TB HDD already protected by BitLocker Second 3 TB ...
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Can I secure the bootloader without a TPM?

I have a lot of PCs without a TPM installed. Buying TPMs for all of them is not an option, but I still want to do encryption on them. From what I've studied so far, the entire system/boot partition ...
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How to have full drive encyption that is unlocked while a USB device is plugged in?

I'd like a solution that autounlocks Bitlocker, VeraCrypt or similar FDE on Windows 10 while I have a device plugged in. When it's not plugged in (or I lose/destroy the device) it should just ask for ...
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How is .NET Core isolated storage "secured" on various OS's?

I'm looking for a consolidated list of how and where isolated storage is managed on each operating system... (Windows, MacOS, Linux, (mobile?), ...) Does such a list exist? What considerations might ...
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Cloning external harddrive encrypted by bitlocker using dd

Hi I want to know if I use dd to clone an external hard drive encrypted by bitlocker to another external drive, can the clone always be opened using the same password or there are exceptions?
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Is bitlocker without a PIN as good as having no hard disk encryption at all?

If bitlocker was configured for a user not to input a PIN; and the device got lost/stolen; is there a risk of the data on the hard disk being exposed? With no PIN enabled; is that essentially as good ...
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Decrypting a BitLockered USB drive [duplicate]

I have encrypted a USB drive with BitLocker and I have lost the password and the hash backup. I have tried to search for something to decrypt the drive but came short. I have imaged the USB drive and ...
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Do border agents have a master key for BitLocker?

Do border agents have the master key to Bitlocker? A few years ago a Canadian border officer told me my computer with BitLocker could be deciphered by a Canadian security agency. Since this is ...
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Why doesn't the PIN become part of the encryption key in bitlocker with TPM?

I have read here that if you choose TPM + PIN protection the PIN does not become part of the key, it is simply used by the TPM as an additional security measure. It doesn't make sense to me, it would ...
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How secure is BitLocker without TPM?

My laptop doesn't have TPM. If I enable BL PIN and someone steals my laptop and remove the drive, will they be able to read it's content on another computer? How am I vulnerable without TPM?
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TPM & Windows BitLocker: how does it work and is it secure?

When starting a BitLocker-encrypted machine with a TPM and Windows 10 installed, you aren't prompted to enter a decryption key. The system relies on Windows lockscreen for authentication instead. My ...
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Has there ever been a known case of Bitlocker breach through lock screen?

Scenario: A Windows user with Bitlocker-encrypted OS drive uses Win+L shortcut to lock their computer, but leaves it powered on. At this point, their house is raided (by police, or thieves, or FBI, ...
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How I can encrypt Windows if I use a SSD and HDD?

I need to encrypt my Windows Disks with full disk encryption. Windows is already installed and all drives have data. My Drives/Disks: 1 SSD - C: drive 1 HDD - D: drive and I have a drive where Linux ...
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Is 256-bit BitLocker encryption really 256-bit?

It might sound like a silly question, but clearly I'm not getting something. I've enabled 256-bit encryption in group policy settings and encrypted a drive. manage-bde -status says Encryption Method: ...
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Way to protect from cold boot attack

After reading some research papers about cold boot attack, I got a big shock and start searching for ways to protect against that kind of vulnerability. I got one solution that is using BitLocker pin ...
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Bitlocker without PIN

In simple words: Does Bitlocker (without Pin) transforms the normal "Windows User login" into something secure? So if you activate Bitlocker (without a pin before booting) you are forced to use the ...
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Is Bitlocker secure enough for portable storage devices?

I have recently lost a USB flash drive that contained some important information. Fortunately, it was protected by Bitlocker. I felt the impulse to ask exactly how secure it is. Most answers on this ...
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I got my drive "bitlocker encrypted" by enterprise admins. Will this prevent me to share docs with my collaborators?

I admit I don't fully understand the level of encryption bitlocker does. I use Windows 10 and only have a C: drive which just got encrypted per the company policies. Will this hinder my ability to ...
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Does BitLocker encrypt everything?

just a quick question - does BitLocker encrypt everything including host protected area, device configuration overlay and bad sectors?
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RAID + IEEE1667 + TPM + UEFI

Windows Server using a IEEE-1667 drive allows hardware based encryption on the fly. What are our options when using two disks with a RAID controller, in order to achieve redundancy and parity (T10-...
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How can BitLocker be considered safer, if it doesn't asks for a key during boot?

I've been using VeraCrypt / TrueCrypt for years. Now, with a new computer (having Windows 10 Pro) I can consider BitLocker. But, either I am complete ignorant and don't see something awfully obvious ...
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Is User Account Login Related to BitLocker Encryption Key

When I enabled BitLocker on my system-drive, I wasn't asked to select an unlock-method. I didn't have to enter any new passwords/keys. I only selected a few options for the encryption, and the process ...
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Using Bitlocker and hidden volume feature of VeraCrypt together

I'm currently using Bitlocker encrypted external hard drive. The drive is entire-encrypted and single partition. After dividing the drive into partition A and B, I'm planning to make a hidden volume ...
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BitLocker Sleep/Hiberate Settings for DMA protection

The Bitlocker the guidance from Microsoft is to disable sleep states and use hibernate in combination with TPM + PIN for elevated security against cold boot and DMA attacks. Unfortunately this is ...
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What is the purpose of the Volume Master Key in BitLocker?

From this FAQ, I understand that BitLocker uses the following keys to encrypt the hard-drive: Full Volume Encryption Key (FVEK) (used to encrypt raw data; encrypted by the volume master key and ...
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How sufficient are these steps to prevent deleted SSD files from being recovered?

I'm selling a 4-year-old Dell PC with Windows 10 and two SSDs and I want to be sure that nobody can recover anything from my personal deleted files. So far I've done the following. Completely ...
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Non-obvious Mitigations for This DMA-Attack Demonstrated by F-Secure

Are there any non-obvious mitigations for the big DMA-attack revealed last year and demonstrated in this video by F-Secure? We know that Microsoft has published some material pertaining to DMA-...
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BIOS Password vs. BitLocker Pre-boot PIN

I'm attempting to ensure maximum security for my PC. I'm running Windows 10 Pro on a business-class HP notebook. Unless I'm mistaken, I understand that both a BIOS password and the BitLocker pre-boot ...
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How does Windows use the TPM for BitLocker encryption without an attacker being able to do the same?

How does Windows use the TPM for BitLocker encryption without an attacker being able to do the same? From this FAQ, I understand that BitLocker uses the following keys to encrypt the hard-drive: ...
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Windows BitLocker- Is the drive Password the same as the Key used by AES to encrypt the drive?

I am using BitLocker on my Win10. I encryted my usb drive using my Windows BitLocker with a strong password. I know that Bitlocker uses AES-~256 bit key for encryption. My question what is the key ...
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Microsoft Bitlocker Decryption interrupted. Cannot decrypt again

I've locked on of my USB drive with BitLocker. When I was decrypting(removing BitLocker), my PC went off due to power cut in the halfway of decryption. Now, when I'm trying again to decrypt using ...
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Bitlocker, does additional authentication at startup with TPM device provide any extra security?

Will enabling additional authentication on startup provide any extra security with Bitlocker? At the moment, my laptop boots straight into a Windows login where I use a pin. If I chose to not use pin, ...
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