Ask the Answer Guy – Should I Encrypt My Internal Drive?

Ask the Answer Guy – Should I Encrypt My Internal Drive?

Dear Brent,

How important is it for me to encrypt my system?

If you haven’t already done it, do it. Encrypting your internal drives is essential in fighting off the threats that come after you’ve lost your computer, or had it stolen or compromised by unauthorized users.

The process of encrypting your system depends on the operating system. If you have Ultimate or Enterprise Windows 7 or any version of Windows 8, then you automatically have Windows BitLocker which provides excellent protection. Windows BitLocker is also supported in all versions of Windows 8. If your OS is anything other than the aforementioned, take a look at Symantec Drive Encryptioniii, PGP Whole Disk Encryptioniv, and TrueCryptv (although this can be difficult to configure.)

If you’re still running Windows XP, keep in mind it is no longer supported by Microsoft and an upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 is highly recommended. If you’re unable to upgrade at this time, Symantec Drive Encryption and PGP Whole Disk Encryption will accommodate Windows XP.

OS X Lion has FileVault 2 built in, and Mac OS X computers running version 10.3 or higher are automatically encrypted with the FileVault 1 feature.

When choosing your solution, remember it must encrypt the whole drive in order to prevent your data from being retrieved from a lost or stolen drive. Encrypting or password protecting only some of the files on the drive does not provide complete encryption protection.

Correct configuration of any solution you choose can be complicated. Our experienced and seasoned IT pros at DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. can get you properly encrypted in no time. Visit dcgla.com or all us at 213-261-3998 to discuss your options.


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.