BitLocker Reviews

28 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.3 out of 101

Do you work for this company?

Overall Rating

Reviewer's Company Size

Last Updated

By Topic

Industry

Department

Experience

Job Type

Role

Reviews (1-7 of 7)

No photo available
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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).
Read this authenticated review
No photo available
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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.
Read this authenticated review
Roger Mialkowski profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
BitLocker Drive Encryption is used by my company to secure all customer data and backups. In the event of a breach, the bad actor would need to also be able to break into the encrypted volumes to gain access. It's another barrier that would have to be crossed, which may deter the attackers. It is easy to set up and is included with Windows 10 Professional along with Windows Server operating systems.
  • On my customer's machines, it's convenient that BitLocker can be set up to automatically open an encrypted volume so that my customer doesn't have to enter the passphrase every time they log in.
  • BitLocker is compatible with NTFS and ReFS which gives you options for your storage.
  • There doesn't really appear to be any performance penalty for encrypted volumes, so it is a seamless experience.
  • When encrypting external devices such as USB flash drives or USB/eSATA hard drives, it would be handy if there was a cross-platform (MacOS, Linux) utility to at least be able to read the encrypted data after entering the passphrase.
  • A variety of crypto ciphers would be a good option for BitLocker to offer.
  • A self-destruct option would be helpful if an attacker were to try to brute-force passphrases to attempt to gain access to the encrypted volume.
BitLocker Drive Encryption should be a standard business practice for any company that stores sensitive data on servers and/or external storage devices such as USB or eSATA. I've seen many businesses use external storage devices as a destination for individual computer backups, but then the backups themselves are not encrypted and anyone can simply grab the USB/eSATA device and run off with it, now having access to the unprotected backups stored on it.
Read Roger Mialkowski's full review
Richard Russell profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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.
Read Richard Russell's full review
Marc-Olivier Turgeon-Ferland profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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.
Read Marc-Olivier Turgeon-Ferland's full review
Tommy Boucher profile photo
January 16, 2018

Best options for Windows

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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.
Read Tommy Boucher's full review
No photo available
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
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.
Read this authenticated review

About BitLocker

Microsoft's BitLocker is an endpoint encryption option.

BitLocker Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No