INFORMATION SECURITY

Is My Laptop Already Encrypted?

You can save time and a trip to the Service Desk by checking to see if your laptop is already encrypted. Follow the steps below to see if your device already has encryption installed and running.

FileVault 2 (Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion")

1) Go the the Apple Menu and open System Preferences.

Apple Menu

2) In System Preferences, select "Security & Privacy".

Security & Privacy

3) Click on the FileVault tab at the top. Your encryption status will be displayed "FileVault is turned on for the disk" followed by the Mac's hard disk name.

FileVault

4) Close the Security & Privacy preferences.

BitLocker (Windows 7-Based Laptops)

1) Click the Start button and click "Control Panel".

Start Menu

2) Click " System and Security".

Properties

3) Click on "BitLocker Drive Encryption".

Domain

4) The BitLocker encryption status will be shown for each hard drive (typically 1 in a laptop, as shown below). If BitLocker is already turned on, the status will show "On" (example on left); if BitLocker is not turned on yet, the status will show "Off" (example on right).

Encryption Status

If encryption is shown as off, you will also be provided with the option to "Turn On BitLocker".

Turn On BitLocker

SafeBoot (Windows XP Pro-Based Laptops)

If you are presented with the SafeBoot Security System logon screen on startup, the laptop is encrypted..

XP Start

SecureDoc (Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard", Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Window XP)

If you are presented with the SecureDoc logon screen on startup, the laptop is encrypted..

XP Start