This article reviews how to encrypt external storage drives such as hard-drives and USB drives.
When & why
Encryption is required if you must store files containing financial or personal information (e.g., credit card or Social Security numbers) on an external storage drive.
Encryption ensures that, if the device is lost or stolen, the data contained is inaccessible to any unauthorized users.
How to encrypt
- Visit UVM's Encrypting an External Drive page for instruction on external drive encryption via Bitlocker (for Windows) or FileVault (for MacOS).
- Some external drives even have built-in encryption!
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