Encrypting a computer or laptop

Encrypting a computer protects it if it is stolen, and gives peace of mind if it is lost.

PLEASE NOTE: this page is under review

Most devices can now be protected by full disk encryption. This is often enabled by default or may require action by the owner to activate.

Encryption protects University and personal data if your computer is lost or stolen. Without encryption, if someone steals your computer they can very easily read information by taking our the disk and attaching it to their own computer. Then they have full access to all of your files. 

Encryption also protects information if your laptop breaks. Even though you may not be able to delete the files at least they are safely encrypted.

Encrypting a computer running Microsoft Windows.

Using FileVault to encrypt a Mac's hard drive.

LINUX distributions have their own way of encrypting the hard disk.