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Surface, BitLocker, and the future of encryption

     

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6:38 am on Dec 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://www.zdnet.com/surface-bitlocker-and-the-future-of-encryption-7000024613/ [zdnet.com]

Surface, BitLocker, and the future of encryption

If you use Windows RT 8.1 on a Surface or other RT device, your files are automatically encrypted using BitLocker whole disk encryption.

You never have to set it up or create a special password, you don't have to wait for the disk to get encrypted; the system is preset to use encryption and as soon as you sign in with a Microsoft account the encryption is turned on and the recovery key is saved to your SkyDrive account.

So far, so safe; if your device is lost or stolen, no-one can get at your files, even if they break it open and connect the SSD to another computer. If RT takes off, this could be the biggest adoption of encryption for consumers.