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Completed Admin Tom (Admin, Sophos Features & Ideas Laboratory) responded Oct 4, 2019 Version 2.0 of Central Device Encryption enables administrators to prompt users to change their Bitlocker PIN /password. A machine protected with the Sophos SafeGuard BitLocker Client using Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and PIN as a startup protector does no longer accept the PIN after the machines mainboard was replaced or the harddisk was put into a different system.

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A security researcher in New Zealand just showed that it’s possible to wire up a low-cost data sniffer to the security chip in a Microsoft Surface laptop…

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…and read out the decryption key used by BitLocker, the software that is there to keep the data on your hard disk safe.

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That has led to us getting asked, “Is BitLocker cracked? Is disk encryption still worth it?”

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The answers are “No” and “Yes”, and this week’s Naked Security Live video explains why.

Watch now for answers the following questions and more:

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  • Why is BitLocker suddenly in the spotlight?
  • How do BitLocker and “full-disk encryption” differ from encryption in general?
  • Does this hack mean anyone who steals my encrypted laptop can get at all my data anyway?
  • How do I set up disk encryption securely?
  • Will encryption slow my laptop down?
  • What’s the point of encrypting everything if most of the files aren’t personal data?
  • What if I forget the password – wouldn’t a hackable system be handy in that case?

(Watch directly on YouTube if the video won’t play here.)

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