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What is BitLocker?

Microsoft's BitLocker is an endpoint encryption option.

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Good encryption tool

8 out of 10
May 26, 2021
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What is BitLocker?

BitLocker Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Microsoft's BitLocker is an endpoint encryption option.

Seclore, Dell Data Protection Suite, and Sophos Central Device Encryption are common alternatives for BitLocker.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.

The most common users of BitLocker are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Justin Graves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We encrypt all Windows, end-user PCs with Bitlocker 256 bit XTS encryption. BitLocker Drive Encryption helps us stay compliant with HIPAA, 3rd party risk requirements, and our own security practices. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a top tier product and and is greatly effective. More so because it is baked into the Windows 10/11 operating system. We're also able to centrally manage encryption keys using active directory, Intune, or other 3rd party management applications.
  • Disk Encryption
  • Security
  • Used space or full encryption
  • Key Management
  • Deployment
  • Onboarding
BitLocker Drive Encryption is free with the Windows operating system and is a great choice if Active Directory is already in place for management of keys. Intune is a good way to manage the keys too. BitLocker Drive Encryption is well suited for any use case where disk encryption is needed. Either full disk or used space only can be accomplished.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BitLocker Drive Encryption is being used as the global standard solution for Drive Encryption, it's deployed across the organization to fulfill regulatory needs in terms of Data Protection. It's intended to Protect Data from stolen and lost assets and it's helping Risk Information Security Officers to reduce the gap in terms of Threats
  • Agent Initialization
  • Robust Disk Encryption Algorithms
  • Reporting on Compliance
  • Encryption key Management
  • OS Compatibility
  • Console Management
It can be used if you are already familiar with other Microsoft System Center tools, it will provide integration and it will be easy to use from an Administrator's perspective. However, if you want more detailed information related to the troubleshooting, specific fields, or data, it will not be that granular.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BitLocker Drive Encryption is being used to encrypt all laptop's hard drives in the company, keeping our data safe and giving us peace of mind that if [users] lose their [laptops] or get [them] stolen, no data from their disk will be compromised. That said, Bitlocker Drive Encryption does not limit to hard drives only.
  • Encrypts data in Hard Drives to improve security
  • Easy to manage
  • Allows you to encrypt removable media as well
  • Encryption is not resumed after being suspended sometimes
  • Sometimes it take a long time to encrypt a disk
  • Encrypting secondary drives can be tricky
BitLocker Drive Encryption is well suited for any company that wants to ensure security of [its] devices and that no one will be able to access files in a stolen or found device.
Even if someone tries to remove the drive from one device and add to another, BitLocker Drive Encryption will prevent access to any data in the drive.
November 19, 2019

Encryption is key

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Using BitLocker Drive Encryption helps our company keep files encrypted and secure on our devices. It's easy to set up and configure and allows for it to be encrypted on all our devices and servers. The cost for it is built into the price of windows products and services and usable on consumer systems as well.
  • Drive encryption.
  • Added layer of security.
  • Ease of setup.
Data encryption should always be a priority from home computers to work stations to be on the go. Keeping everything secure is more important than leaving the information insecure and visible for everyone.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using it across the whole organization. It has been implemented campus-wide, and each department is responsible for deploying/supporting Bitlocker for all its users. We are using it across our organization to fully protect desktops, especially in cases where users are accessing sensitive data. It addresses the business problems of how to protect computers in the best manner possible, in which the computers either store or access sensitive data (this could be either be local or across the network).
  • It is fairly easy to use, from both a technician and users point of view. The install itself is pretty simple, and setup of the software is also fairly simple. For users, it is easy to use the software to encrypt the computer.
  • It doesn't seem to use a whole lot of system resources when the encryption is enabled on the computer. You shouldn't experience any slowness of the computer, other than the time it takes to first encrypt the computer.
  • It serves its main purpose very well, and that is to protect computers from intrusions/data breaches. It is particularly good for protecting computers that are accessing/storing sensitive/confidential data.
  • Users need to make sure their computer can support encryption. There is a special TPM chip that is needed to be able to encrypt the computer, but most newer computers today should have this built-in.
  • There is some slowness of the computer with the encrypting/decrypting part of the software. This part can also take a long time to complete, depending on the size of the hard disk.
  • It is very important that the recovery key is never lost, or else the user may never be able to unlock their drive. Microsoft should look into maybe having a feature which would automatically upload the recovery key to the cloud (in a secure manner).
It is well suited especially for users that access or store sensitive/confidential data on their computers. In the case of where users are accessing confidential data over the network, it is highly recommended to use Bitlocker to encrypt the computer. In the case where users are storing confidential data on their computer, it should be a requirement that BitLocker is used/enabled.

It would be less appropriate if someone was using a computer and they were not dealing with any sensitive data, or in cases where the computer is used for recreational purposes (browsing the web, playing games, etc).
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is used across the whole organization.
  • Encrypt the hard drive seamlessly
  • Protect data to be extracted from the hard drive once out of the computer
  • Bitlocker should be paired with a proper backup solution, if no backup, data is gone for ever when the drive has an issue.
  • Bitlocker mainly works if the encrypted drive is pulled out of the computer, it is useless when paired with the computer. I mean if someone stills the computer, the hard drive will be inside so the the real life scenario of someone stealing the drive but not the computer is very unlikely to happen.
I am not sure I can think of a single real life scenario for end-user laptop, I mean BitLocker only triggers once the HDD is separated from the TPM chip and I am not convinced a thief would only steal the hard drive and not the computer.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In this world with an increased need for data security and all the compliance initiatives, data and drive encryption has become a necessity. We use BitLocker Drive Encryption (BitLocker) on any Windows server that contains any personally identifiable information (PII), or sensitive personal information (SPI) or Protected health information (PHI). It has become a standard part of our security policy. BitLocker can only be used to encrypt the entire drive in a Windows product and not specific folders. If you see a folder option to encrypt contents to secure data, that is Encrypting File System (EFS) not BitLocker. We also use BitLocker on laptops to protect and secure information in the case of loss or theft.
  • Encrypts the entire drive and provides a high level of security.
  • In an Active Directory environment, you can set up BitLocker to automatically save keys to AD.
  • As part of Windows, no additional licensing costs.
  • Set up and configuration is relatively easy.
  • Uses TPM module to increase security.
  • There is a read/write impact on performance, but the protection is well worth the minor performance hit.
BitLocker Drive Encryption is only designed for use with Microsoft Windows O/S's.
Marc-Olivier Turgeon-Ferland | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it across our whole organization to encrypt all internal drives on our employees' computers. The main problem it addresses is stolen or forgotten computers. With Bitlocker we don't have to worry about credentials or confidential information getting stolen when a computer is stolen or forgotten somewhere. It also saves us some work as we don't have to reset all the credentials and access of the user when this occurs. In addition, it gives our users the peace of mind if they have to leave their computer in a car or in an hotel room for a day. And finally, with whole drive encryption, you don't have to count on your users to put the sensitive information in the encrypted container.
  • Practically no impact on read performance and low impact on write performance compared to others.
  • Integrated into Windows/no additional cost
  • Easy deployment
  • Whole drive encryption
  • Uses hardware chip to offer better security
  • Even if it's the best we tested, I think write performance could be improved. Maybe with dedicated hardware inside the TPM?
  • No integration with OS password is a shame as most others have it and it is Microsoft on Microsoft so they can probably do it better then anyone else and safer.
  • I wish they would support multiple passwords like FileVault on macOS. If it's a shared computer, you have to give the only password to Bitlocker to both users.
Bitlocker is perfect if you want the peace of mind. It's whole disk encryption and easy to manage. It doesn't do fancy stuff, like MFA or multi-users, but it does what it does really well and will not cause you problems as long as you manage the recovery keys correctly.

The only scenario I would not recommend Bitlocker for is for shared computers, like meeting rooms audio/video shared setup, as you have to share the Bitlocker password for this to occur. Bitlocker doesn't allow more than 1 password.
January 16, 2018

Best options for Windows

Tommy Boucher | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As you know, data security is very important. You do not want your personal data to be stolen, the company must also protect its data. The computers we use are of great value, and could fall prey to thieves. Since it is difficult to physically protect the hardware from being stolen, it is very important to encrypt the data.

With the combination of Bitlocker, TPM and user/password, it is much harder for a thief to recover the data on the disk. Together with LAPS, Bitlocker is a must! Don't forget to backup your data.
  • Part of Windows Pro and + licensing.
  • Very easy to deploy and maintain.
  • Embedded in the software, and Windows patching.
  • Well known
  • Cannot Dualboot (disaster)
  • Should be integrated in AD out of the box (MBAM)
  • Add 2FA (with RSA/Authenticator?) out-of the box
BitLocker is perfect for company that uses Windows only, but if you have Windows, Mac, and Linux, you may need 3 solutions because Bitlocker is proprietary code for Windows only. We have to use FileVault for Mac and LVM for Linux.

It can run on desktops, laptops, and servers, and now on VM 2016, only TPM required, one technology.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I work as a government contractor and there are times where the equipment we use require BitLocker Drive Encryption to be used.
The business problem is the performance of the device that is using BitLocker.
  • Definitely encrypts the drive and provides a high level of security
  • Protects the drive from any tampering and good luck trying to get back the data after lots of bad attempts.
  • Performance hit with non SSD hard drives or up to date equipment
  • Slow boot times due to the encryption of the drive.
It should be used if the information on the device is worth securing. Otherwise it is a pain and hassle each and every time you want to turn on your computer.
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