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How to determine if your computer is encrypted with BitLocker (PC) or FileVault (Mac)

This document will illustrate how to determine if your PC or Mac computer is encrypted.

For Windows Users (BitLocker)

Windows 7 (BitLocker)

  1. Click the Start Menu icon
  2. Select "Control Panel"
  3. Select "BitLocker Drive Encryption"
  4. If you see the word "On", then BitLocker encryption is enabled on this computer.

The status of BitLocker Encryption is listed under the title BitLocker Drive Encryption - Hard Disk Drives

Windows 10 (BitLocker)

  1. Sign in to Windows with an administrator account.
  2. Click the Start Menu iconWin,  enter "encryption," and select "Manage BitLocker."
  3. If you see the word "On", then BitLocker is turned on for this computer.

You can view the status of BitLocker under Operating system drive in the BitLocker Drive Encryption menu item.

For Mac Users (FileVault)

  1. Under the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of the screen, select "System Preferences".
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on "Security & Privacy."
  3. Click on the "FileVault" tab.
  4. FileVault is "turned on" and the "recovery key" has been set.

The FileVault tab will indicate whether FileVault is turned on and a recovery key has been set.


Keywordsencryption security privacy system computer laptop disk drive   Doc ID72740
OwnerDora L.GroupRice U
Created2017-04-19 14:52:04Updated2024-04-04 20:23:32
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