Microsoft has made big efforts to increase security and protect data for users working with Windows 10. But not all options are active by default just like System Restore, that needs to be activated.
Encrypting data means a good solution to protect your data from hackers and other people who want to steal your data from you system. Unfortunately to get an encrypting service is a head-ache. It is a complex configuration procedure that needs to go step by step very carefully. But not in Windows 10, here the things have drastically changed and everything looks more simple and easier, you don’t need to be a professional to protect your data.
Several years back, Microsoft started to support encrypting the data, and only in Windows 10 things started to appear more friendly. To encrypt your files in Windows 10 you should own a Windows 10 Pro version, read here how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.
Device Encryption in Windows 10
A big number of portable devices with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 have big chances to support data encrypting for all space on the device. To be sure that you have got such a function go to Start Menu and search for “Device Encryption”.
Microsoft will ask you to have a Microsoft account to finalize the encrypting process from Device Encryption section. This would not be welcomed by everyone, but the great part is that your data will be save under an incredible and complex password. You will be able to find the password on Microsoft servers if you login with your Microsoft ID.
If you want to check how the encryption is doing, go to Start Menu -> Settings -> System and choose About. Here you will be able to see the Device Encryption and the possibility to turn it off.
BitLocker it’s Better if You Have the Pro edition
If you don’t have access in standard Device Encryption, there is another great solution which works not only for intern partitions but also for external USB.
BitLocker was introduced some years ago, and it was implemented only in PRO or Professional version of Windows 10. If you have Windows Pro or you are willing to upgrade from Home edition to Pro. You can easy use BitLocker intead of Device Encryption.
So what you have to do is to go to Start menu, and search for “BitLocker”. Or you can start it from the Control Panel. Then just click on Turn ON, to start the BitLocker, where you will have in some steps to select what device or partition or folder you want to encrypt.
You can find BitLocker by default on Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro as well as on Windows 10 Pro. What you need to do to protect your data is just some minutes of patience and some to check if you are upgraded to Pro version.
Note that earlier we told you about BitLocker To Go, which can help you to encrypt folders and files on USB drives, if you don’t have a Windows Pro version.