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Implementing drive encryption using USB as a key

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Hi All,

  I have 40 users with laptops,  they all use windows 7 pro, i need to implement drive encryption same as bitlocker and and to connect a usb flash to boot their laptops , please advise for a free tool which can do same as bitlocker.


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by:Neil Russell
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If you want something to do the same as Bitlocker and you have windows 7 workstations then, silly question I know, why not use Bitlocker?  You dont explain why you can not or dont want to use bitlocker.
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by:Eirman
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I recommend DiskCryptor. It's open source/free and the code can be inspected.
It's kept up to date and there is a support forum.
It has exactly the feature you are looking for (Storing the decryption key on a flash drive)

From the website...
Option to place boot loader on external media and to authenticate using the key media.

https://diskcryptor.net/wiki/Main_Page
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Truecrypt is still available for download and I think it supports the usb feature.
Unfortunately it is no longer supported.
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by:Eirman
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Neilsr,

Bitlocker is only available on Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate
and ITMaster1979 only has the Pro version.

besides .... I wouldn't really trust bitlocker with commercially sensitive data
I'd bet that there is a built-in backdoor ..... search for yourself.
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Neil Russell earned 1500 total points
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OK, i missed the Pro bit.

As to a backdoor....

#laughmode on
There is no proven backdoor to bitlocker unless your an apple fan or a microsoft hater and then of course there are aliens on the moon and Elvis works in a chip ship.
#Laughmode off

Seriously though, there is no proven backdoor, only the normal conspiracy theorists spreading rumours. Same as Truecrypt.  Still nobody has a proven backdoor or exploitable code for it but thats what everyone thinks.
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by:Eirman
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I'm a Snowden fan and highly suspicious of the NSA.
but you are right ... the case has not been proven.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048248/heres-how-to-best-secure-your-data-now-that-the-nsa-can-crack-almost-any-encryption.html
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by:Neil Russell
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Case proven.... You have your opinion based on the media.
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