Laptop Encryption

All laptops supplied to Williams College employees who work with protected information should have their computer encrypted.  Encryption ensures that stolen or lost laptops can not be accessed for data theft.

Since the summer of 2015 Williams has been using three encryption models.  Windows laptops prior to 2015 have TrueCrypt.   TrueCrypt laptops require a password at a black and white screen when they first boot.  Windows laptops after that use Microsoft Bitlocker.  This system is transparent, the encryption password is the same as your regular computer login.  Mac laptops use Apple FileVault, and like Bitlocker the encryption password is the same as your regular computer login.

TrueCrypt

  • Run the TrueCrypt application (from Start: All Programs)
  • From the System menu choose Change Password.
  • If it warns you that the new password is too short, that’s fine.
    (8 characters or more is plenty)
  • Move your mouse around over the Pool Content to randomize the keys.
  • You do not have to create a new truecrypt rescue disk.

Bitlocker and FileVault

  • You can change your password from the System Preferences or the Control Panel