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Hard Drive Encryption for laptop

Teavana
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Hi Experts,

Any recommendations for a non Microsoft software solution to encrypt computer hard drive for mobile users ?

Thanks
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Network ZeroCloud Engineer
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There's a program called VeraCrypt off of trucrypt.

You can use that.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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Distinguished Expert 2019
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We could recommend more reasonably if you offered some insight on what you need in terms of

-central manageability
-features you need (single sign on/multiple keys/tpm support/...)
-maximum cost per seat
-closed source code vs. open source

Author

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Thank you all for your responses, I appreciate it.

McKnife, Central management, single Sign on would be nice to have.  I would use the Bit locker but I would need to user Windows 7 ultimate or Windows 8.1 which means I would like to re-imaged the machines.
EirmanChief Operations Manager
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I strongly recommend bestcrypt volume encryption.

It has a "Central Manager" for multiple users, and numerous other features.

The above link is for the business/corporate version, but the personal versions may suit, depending on your needs.
Distinguished Expert 2019
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I have used Symantec's "Encryption desktop" solution (formerly PGP WDE). It is a good product, but costly. How much are you willing to pay for it per user/per device?
For features (which I accumulated in the past, the current list might hold more), see:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_27634304.html#a37727179

Author

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Thank you all again for your responses. I will review the recommended options and report back shortly.

Thanks
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013

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If you have to buy a solution anyway, I would suggest you STRONGLY consider the necessary upgrade to Windows 8.1 or get an Enterprise Volume license and upgrade the workstations to Windows 7 Enterprise so you can enable bitlocker.
Distinguished Expert 2019

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...considering that win10 will be a free upgrade and will come with bitlocker, there's a reason to wait.
Rich RumbleSecurity Samurai
Top Expert 2006

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Also, do you understand that full disk encryption is meant to protect data at rest, and not when the OS is running? If the OS is running, the encryption, doesn't matter who's, your data is not protected. Please read my article here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Encryption/A_12134-Choosing-the-right-encryption-for-your-needs.html
-rich

Author

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Yes, I am aware of this fact. I am looking in adding another layer of security for my users that are using laptops on the move, just incase any of these devices gets in the wrong hands.

I did not get a chance to do any further work on this project but I will be working on this item this week.

Thanks again for all of your responses.

I will use this week to finalize my decision.
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Thank you all for your help with this item.

I ended up using the Sophos Safeguards Encryption software which is working out very good so far.

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Thanks