Microsoft BitLocker

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3.8 out of 5 stars

BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on.

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Microsoft review by <span>Christopher M.</span>
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"Simple and effective"

What do you like best?

As the technical lead (development) for my company an important part of my job is protecting the companies intellectual property from both internal and external threat. Our developers and IT analysts are issued company laptops which often contain troves of source code and private keys to very sensitive systems. One of my favorite functions of bitlocker is the protection against booting from an external drive to bypass the windows login. This assures me to an extend in the case of the theft. Additionally, I like bitlocker over other products because of how easily it is added to our PXE image process.

What do you dislike?

One obvious disadvantage is the incompatibility with Linux. We have developers (myself included) who choose to run Linux as their primary OS. This creates and issue where we don't want to decrease developer productivity yet we don't want to add more and more exceptions to our standardizations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are implementing it for the entire enterprise put it in your build process and manage it centrally

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The most important issue bitlocker solves is 1) protection against IP theft, and 2) protection against unauthorized access by someone stealing laptop and using private keys present in that latop to connect to servers

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Microsoft review by <span>Anup A.</span>
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"Best Data protection through Microsoft BitLocker "

What do you like best?

Microsoft BitLocker supports full disk encryption feature which is good for windows servers and windows platform. Bitlocker is designed to protect data through encryption and is really useful for the volumes. I love the encryption as it gives more security to the entire platform.

What do you dislike?

The only thing is that for windows 10, it is only available for windows 10 pro and enterprise version. Microsoft could have implement with the windows 10 aswell.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One of the best encryption feature available for operating system in the market. Strongly recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bitlocker helped in encrypting the data which will improve our data security. It is one of the best feature I am aware of and I really love it. It prevents the major hacking as most datas are encrypted.

What Data Security solution do you use?

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Microsoft review by <span>Pedro N.</span>
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"Programa de Cifrado BitLocker de Windows"

What do you like best?

El programa de cifrado de disco BitLocker provee de cifrado de disco a las versiones Ultimate y Entreprise de Windows Vista y Windows 7, así como las versiones para empresas de Windows Server 2008. Esta diseñado para proteger los datos al proporcionar un cifrado para volúmenes enteros. Por defecto se utiliza el algoritmo de cifrado estándar AES en modo CBC con una clave de 128 bits.

La ultima versión de BitLocker permite la opción de cifrado de unidades extraibles.

What do you dislike?

Claramente la incompatibilidad con otros sistemas operativos como Mac o Linux es una desventaja que vale la pena destacar, la experiencia con este producto fue obtenida a a través de año de experiencia utilizando dispositivos compatibles solo con Windows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Existen tres mecanismo de autenticación que pueden ser utilizados como elementos básicos para el implementa el cifrado BitLocker:

* Modo de Funcionamiento Transparente

* Modo de Autenticación de Usuario

* Modo en Dispositivo USB

Contrariamente a la denominación oficial, el Cifrado de Disco BitLocker es un volumen lógico. Un volumen puede o no ser todo un disco y las unidades pueden abarcar uno o más discos físicos.

Microsoft review by <span>Stan D.</span>
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"Microsoft implementation of HDD/SDD encryption for Windows Enterprise version only"

What do you like best?

BitLocker requires hardware TPM module installed on your Laptop/PC and encrypts hard drives/solid state drives and prevents your information from from being accessed by anyone without entering login/pass at boot up. Even if your laptop has been stolen/left unattended and someone will try to boot from USB/CD/DVD and/or hard drive was taken out and connected to another Laptop/PC, a person won't be able to access data stored on the hard drive. Keys are stored in AD domain and BitLocker can be customized by GPO.

As an alternative to BitLocker - Check Point can be considered.

What do you dislike?

Encryption process takes a while especially on slow HDDs (low IOPs) and creates additional load to the system. In case if login/password has been forgotten it'll require additional time and effort for recovering by using USB/CD/DVD drive with recovery information stored on it in case if your Laptop/PC isn't a joined to a domain.

In the other hand 3rd parties software for Bitlocker drive data recovery without key can be utilized.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you consider of MS BitLocker implementation you should consider Windows Enterprise version installed and licensed.

Microsoft BitLocker is good solution comes with Windows, for small, not highly restricted companies/organizations.

Otherwise, there are other 3rd party solutions are available on the market with better options, security and support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bitlocker protects drives/data from being stolen/accessed by unauthorized/interested parties. Configuration/management is centralized by AD GPO.

Microsoft review by <span>Rahul B.</span>
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"Reliable Encryption Software with good ease of use"

What do you like best?

In today's world of IT, the encryption of data is not just a nice to have anymore. It is a necessity.

With Microsoft Bitlocker, you have the security and assurance of having a quality product developed by Microsoft. You need a bit locker key everytime you boot up your computer.

The key cannot be bypassed unless you have the recovery key. The Recovery key is string of 40 random characters.

You cannot re-install windows on your computer to bypass bitlocker without having access to the secure key.

What do you dislike?

The implementation of Bitlocker is a lengthy process and it takes a few hours to map your organization's image of windows on your computer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Assurance of Client Data Protection in case my Laptop is ever stolen.

Microsoft review by Administrator
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"Could be Better"

What do you like best?

I like that this program is simplistic--not a lot of bells and whistles, but it could definitely benefit from some upgrades.

What do you dislike?

There is no option of Macs, which I get because this is a Microsoft product, but I think some type of integration would be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think this product is fine for Windows based external encryption, but I don't think it's a good platform for total drive encryption.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My firm has recently used BitLocker to encrypt all PC hard drives. We also use this production to encrypt all external media that we utilize. While I think this makes the Firm more secure, occasionally BitLocker will freeze and cause issues while attempting to unlock the PC on a daily basis.

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