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[liberationtech] encryption of data at rest

Eric S Johnson crates at
Tue Nov 6 14:47:04 PST 2012

Had the opportunity to test out Windows 8's "whole-hard-drive" encryption
the other day and was impressed:

.        cheap upgrade (USD40, compared to Win 7 Ultimate's USD140+), and
Win 8 Pro (which has BitLocker) is automatically selected (until 31 Jan

.        upgrade seems to function fine even on top of pirated Windows (Win
7's didn't always)

.        no longer requires TPM (compared to Win 7's, which for all
practical purposes did)

.        allows user to back up private key online to "Microsoft account"
(analogous to that offered by the FileVault2 in Mac OS 10.7+)

Would be interested in hearing others' experience. (Yes, it's proprietary,
therefore theoretically inferior to e.g. TrueCrypt.)


Inconvenience: upgrade is transparent only from Win 7; from XP or Vista,
installed programs aren't preserved.





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