Bitlocker Encryption

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Software package for encrypting an individual Windows computer's hard drive.


To access Bitlocker Encryption, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your Start Menu.

  2. Type Bitlocker and select Manage Bitlocker.

  3. Follow the steps in the Bitlocker dialog to encrypt your hard drive and generate your key.

Who can access

  • All faculty, staff, and students with a licensed copy of Windows

How to request access

  • No request is needed if you follow the access instructions above. If you're having trouble, visit the Technology Help Center to submit a ticket.


  • Full volume encryption feature included with Microsoft Windows

  • Uses AES encryption algorithm in cipher block chaining (CBC) or XTS mode with a 128-bit or 256-bit key

Additional resources

Service support

Get help

  • Visit the Technology Help Center ( to get live support, view outages, and browse trainings.


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For sensitive data or for cases where you need to be able to recover a lost or forgotten encryption key, you should use PGP Encryption instead of Bitlocker.

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