Windows 7 Beta and BitLocker To Go

Windows 7 which is going to be the next Microsoft client operating system and the successor of Windows Vista is now in the Beta stage. The Beta 1 of Windows 7 was released earlier this year which is built on top of Windows Vista architecture.

When looking at Windows 7, especially on the performance and reliability aspect comparatively to Windows Vista is really high. The memory usage in Windows 7 is just marvelous.

There are lots of improvements and new features in Windows 7 and one of the features that impressed me was the BitLocker To Go feature introduced in it. BitLocker was introduced in Windows Vista, what BitLocker does is that it encrypts one whole volume so that the data stored in it will not be accessible without proper authentication and validation. When Microsoft released Windows Vista it only supported to encrypt one volume using BitLocker which was a limitation since it only gave us to encrypt the system volume (traditionally the C drive). When Microsoft released the service pack 1 for Windows Vista they enhanced BitLocker to encrypt multiple volumes and the limitation was broken. By having BitLocker enabled and configured in your computers and notebooks the users were in peace of mind even if there notebooks were stolen there were no possible way in decrypting or stealing your data which are precious and of significant value for each and every one of us. BitLocker was introduced in Windows as a component after considering the high laptop theft around the globe. With BitLocker enabled in your notebooks and even if the notebooks falls into the wrong hands what you lose is the hardware and not the data being ending up in the wrong hands which can cause a lot of trouble.

In the last four to five years the usage of USB data storage devices has rose significantly. You can find a USB storage device with anyone who is working on a computer. Let it be an IT pro like you and me or an ordinary office clerk who performs his or her routine day to day task on a computerized environment. All these storage devices have a massive storage space starting from 1GB to 32GB etc. (earlier it was like 32MB to 512MB), due to this most of us have our personal, official and confidential data stored in it as backup or sometimes only in it. These devices have become smaller and becoming smaller every day hence these devices are more towards vulnerability. A smaller storage device can be stolen and misplaced easily. Because of this Microsoft has enhanced the BitLocker feature which they introduced in Windows Vista with the capability in encrypting USB storage devices in Windows 7 (Microsoft rescues again). This particular feature is called BitLocker To Go!!

It’s an easy task to accomplish and even a non IT person can encrypt his or her USB storage devices in a jiffy by performing a couple of clicks. Once you encrypt your storage device using BitLocker To Go, to decrypt it you will need a computer running Windows XP, Windows Vista or a Windows 7 computer. With having BitLocker To Go even though you misplace your storage device, don’t worry about it!!!

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