2 Easy-to-Use Tools to Encrypt and Secure your Data
Keeping the data on your PC safe has never been easier. With easy access to tools that protect your entire hard drive, or even just a few select files, from prying eyes, anyone can ensure their valuable data is safe and secure.
Securing your entire hard drive with Bitlocker
Bitlocker is a program used to encrypt the entire contents of your hard drive with AES 128 or 256-bit encryption. Bitlocker is extremely flexible as to keys. It offers security through traditional passwords, a USB drive key, and a trusted platform module (TPM) key that uses hardware to integrate keys into specific hardware.
This tool is very convenient for Windows users since it’s built right into any system running at least Windows 7. To activate BitLocker, open your Control Panel. Then, go to System and Security followed by BitLocker Data Encryption. Alternatively, you can right-click on the desired drive in File Explorer and select Turn on BitLocker.
Securing specific files with Axcrypt
Axcrypt is a standalone application used to encrypt individual files. The ability to encrypt individual files may be beneficial for those who don’t need the overkill of a fully encrypted hard drive. If you only have a few files you’d like to secure from access, this is probably one of the best options.
The first step is to head on over to Axcrypt’s website and give it a download. Axcrypt integrates into the Windows Shell, so you will be able to right click on files within Windows to access encryption easily. The best thing, however, is that it is completely free to use.
With all of the sensitive information you likely keep on your computer, you can’t afford to leave it all unprotected. Especially in this day and age where attacks, viruses, and outright data theft are more common than ever. Get ahead of the curve and find a solution that fits you. Make sure your sensitive information is locked down.