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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Microsoft BitLocker?

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What do you like most about Microsoft BitLocker?

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22 Answers
Rodney Carlson - PeerSpot reviewer
System Analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
03 December 20

It is a Microsoft product so it falls in line with our organization which primarily uses MS products. By using a BitLocker server we are using automatic unlock of the drives. When on our network, the first step a workstation takes is powering on and then calling for the unlock credentials to unlock the drive. This happens quickly allowing all of our machines to be encrypted without using an "easy" password the end-user has to enter.

Application Programmer (Infrastructure and OA support) at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
17 August 21

Actually, the coming free with Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise is the most attractive attribute of BitLocker. 

Also, BitLocker doesn't deal with any version upgrade that reduces maintenance efforts otherwise. While the plus is, BitLocker's memory/process requirement with lesser overheads (innate of Windows) are minimal and thus run faster than many 3rd-party disk-encryption counterparts. 

However, the crude usage of BitLocker necessitates manual storage (maybe insecure) and management of the recovery keys unless you incorporate an AD environment to auto-capture those keys by default. For some troubleshooting cases, you may probably need "Disk Genius" as the ultimate fault recovery tool whenever the BitLocker'ed partition becomes invisible or unbootable (being a few instances encountered in my experience of corporate-wide deployment).

System Administration Specialist at Alatau Innovations
Real User
Top 20
18 July 22

Technical support is excellent.

ManojNair2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder/Director at Augesys Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
03 July 22

Feature-wise we have the ability to encrypt fast.

I.T. Director & CISO at Maple Reinders
Real User
Top 20
18 May 22

As a Microsoft shop, we find this product easy to use.

Product Manager at Axoft Ukraine
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
06 April 22

The most valuable feature of this solution is the protection and ease of use.

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TAYIM Henri - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
04 February 22

You can do a silent remote deployment very fast.

SHOAIBKhan1 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at HCL
Real User
Top 20
25 August 21

It's a straightforward solution for encryption.

Manager - ICT at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
29 March 21

It's my understanding that the initial setup is straightforward.

ICT operations and security manager
Real User
Top 20
12 February 21

It is free and native to the OS. We don't have to worry about upgrades or maintaining the product. You encrypt the disk, and you save the recovery key. That's it. The person puts their password in, and after that, it is up to them. If they forget their password, they have to bring it in to get it unlocked.

Director, Cryptographic Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
24 December 20

The hard drive encryption is very good.

Chief Information Security Officer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
17 December 20

BitLocker is completely stable.

Director at Pathfinder
Real User
19 April 20

The ease of use is the most valuable feature. The ability to import data to build your frontend on top of the data is very simple and very useable.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
05 April 20

The most important aspect of this solution is that if your laptop gets stolen, the information is encrypted.

Usman Rasool - PeerSpot reviewer
VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
Real User
16 March 20

We have not seen any bugs or glitches, so the stability is good.

Desk Top Operation Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
16 March 20

The solution works the way it's supposed to - stability and scalability are fine.

IT Security Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
09 March 20

There's a lot of manageability within the solution. This is very helpful.

Darrin Leboeuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Director IM/IT at Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Real User
16 February 20

The most valuable feature is the simplicity and integration with the Microsoft Clouds platform.

MohamedKhairy - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder & Enterprise Solutions Architect at Qtopia Tech. Solutions
Real User
09 December 19

It is easy to use. It is usually easy to recover someone's privacy. The manageability is much easier than McAfee. I think that Microsoft is a leader in this area. We are in the Microsoft school so our judgment of McAfee will be a little bit unfair as we recommend Microsoft all the time because of the easy manageability and support. I think that McAfee is designed for a different customer and every time we open a ticket with their support, it takes a very, very long time. The main difference is just the manageability and support. In terms of the solution itself or the functionality, I know that McAfee is very strong, but manageability and support, for us, is much more important. It's strengthens the solution for us.

Jos-Katengwa - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Specialist at Calculus system
Real User
28 November 19

The most valuable feature is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which makes the PC security stronger because somebody who is not from the team cannot access the PC without the decryption PIN.

Senior System Manager at Teganalytics
Real User
15 May 19

The product is stable.

PeerSpot user
Head of Operations (India) at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
28 September 18

It is easy to implement and has AD integration.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 09, 2021
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Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
09 November 21
Microsoft BitLocker is very intuitive and easy to maintain. It is basically the global standard solution for drive encryption and successfully fulfills regulatory needs in terms of data protection. BitLocker consists of agent initialization, robust disk encryption algorithms, and does a good job with reporting on compliance. BitLocker will give you peace of mind by keeping your data safe - especially if employees lose their laptops, or if laptops are stolen - providing you with confidence that no data will be compromised. I like that BitLocker allows you to encrypt removable media as well. However, the encryption key management feature could be improved, and so could its OS compatibility and console management. Some other things I dislike about it are that oftentimes encryption fails to resume after it has been suspended, sometimes it can be time-consuming to encrypt a disk, and encrypting secondary drives can be tricky, to say the least. McAfee Complete Data Protection, on the other hand, offers a lot more protection. First of all, it encrypts your computer for you so you don’t have to. It scans emails to make sure there are no harmful attachments, it allows you to complete virus scans, filters harmful websites, and it will also proactively stop a download if it is unsafe. Although some might find its attempts to block things to be irritating, it is still an excellent product for all the features it provides without being intrusive. Sometimes the program can skew the formatting of some webpages, though, and drive encryption can be a bit slow to load at times. What I like most about it is that it gives you the status of all programs that you have running. Conclusion: Even though BitLocker helps keep files encrypted and adds an extra layer of security, I think it is worth considering McAfee as a better and more suitable option since it offers an all-in-one protection tool and is extremely user-friendly.
it_user722961 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Dec 26, 2017
I work with security firms and with the Symantec software there was a log in page before the computer would boot. Does bitlocker perform this way?
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Darren Chaker - PeerSpot reviewer
Operator at Halliburton
26 December 17
By Darren Chaker : I would send a screen shot of my own login screen, but the gist of it is - it sounds as though your device has full disk encryption enabled. Bitlocker has a light blue screen that appears when the computer is booted requesting a passphrase, and will explicitly say "Bitlocker". If using Symantec (PGP), the top third of the screen will be gold, and bottom two thirds of the screen will be grey with "passphrase" near the box you'd enter it into. Hope this was some assistance to you.
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