All laptops supplied to Williams College employees will be encrypted by OIT when they are set up, with few exceptions. 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.
If you have any questions or concerns about encryption or data protections please contact OIT ( [email protected] or x4090).