Encryption for OHIO Computers
It is everyone's responsibility to protect and secure data stored on OHIO devices from unauthorized or unintentional data exposure.
Device Encryption reduces the risk of exposing confidential data through stolen or lost equipment. By encrypting and protecting University-owned computers, OHIO is adopting an industry best practice that minimizes the risk of data exposure. If a device is lost or stolen, and we can prove that the data on it is encrypted, we can be sure that bad actors have not accessed it.
Encrypting your computer provides an additional layer of protection to the data saved to it if the device is lost or stolen. If your computer is not already encrypted, please follow the instructions below to use your operating system's built-in software for encryption.
How to Tell if a Computer is Encrypted
If you are unsure about whether your computer is encrypted, follow these steps.
- Navigate to Control Panel
- Choose BitLocker Drive Encryption
- If your hard drive's icon includes a lock, your device is fully encrypted
- Navigate to System Preferences
- Select Security & Privacy
- Select FileVault
- If the resulting tab says that FileVault is turned on, then your computer is encrypted
If you have any issues or questions about encrypting your OHIO device, visit the Technology Help Center to submit a ticket or connect with the IT Service Desk.