A Windows log on password can easily be removed if your computer is lost or stolen so the best way to protect the information it contains is to encrypt its hard drive. In this video we show you step by step how to encrypt a Windows PC using the free TrueCrypt software (donations are strongly recommended).
We hope you found the video useful. Before you go, a few quick but important notes about the TrueCrypt software.
It isn't on the approved list for UK Government encryption software TrueCrypt is "open source" meaning it is a collaborative effort by a group of people and as such gaining the require accreditation is not easy. However the core underlying encryption system is the same as that used by "approved" software and so you can be assured that the information is being properly encrypted.
Free doesn't mean you shouldn't pay anything As mentioned TrueCrypt is an "open source" application which means it is developed by a community of individuals who often volunteer their time. It is therefore important that you make a donation to the TrueCrypt Foundation so they can continue their excellent work.
Encryption is only as good as the password Computers are very good at processing millions of passwords every second and so the security of this type of encryption is only as good as your password. We cannot stress this enough, you must choose a password of at least 10 characters for your encryption password.