I own a pre-installed copy of Windows 8 which I later updated to 8.1 . Lately I took great interest in protecting my data, my identity, my connection, etc... I want to do the best I can do with the Windows 8.1 I already own. (Yes I know, if I want to be serious then I should go with some Unix based OS's).
I want to encrypt my data securely and would like to use (among others) Windows BitLocker. I am having difficulties understanding the complex PGP software and hope to start learning by using more simple software.
I noticed I do not have Windows BitLocker on my system because it is for Pro copies only. Mine is standard.
Can I download Windows BitLocker separately ? I am not sure I want to purchase and upgrade to Pro just because of one application that I might not like.
If possible, please tell me how [..I can access to BitLocker?] without a system upgrade.
Do you think it is worth the price (99USD for upgrade) and the hassle?
Have you worked with BitLocker and would you recommend it?
Have you tried BitLocker and instead preferred to use an alternative software? (Please name one or two! ... I don't mind purchasing or donating to the developer if the software is GOOD . I can not afford too expensive licenses. For example PGP Desktop from Symantec costs over 100 USD for a yearly subscription... That is too much. Besides I do not like yearly subscriptions.
I appreciate your help and time!
BTW: Any good tutorial or "how-to" on using PGP encryption ? I have GPG4Win and I have difficulties understanding how to verify a signature (example signed ISO's that I downloaded) and encrypt mail.
[I will reserve 100 points for this last question.]