BitLocker USB Encryption
BitLocker can be used to encrypt removable media as well as hard drives. When a USB device is encrypted, all files on it are protected. In order to read the data on the device, the encryption key must be provided when it is plugged in - this will then allow the device and all the files on it to be used as normal until it is removed again.
To encrypt a USB storage device using BitLocker, right click on the icon for the device in the “My computer” menu and select “Turn on BitLocker…”
You will be prompted for a password which you will use to decrypt the device and access your files in the future. To ensure your data is properly protected, choose a strong password.
Once you have confirmed the settings, BitLocker will begin encrypting your USB device. This may take some time, but you should not remove the USB device before encryption is complete – otherwise the files on the device may become corrupted.
When the message above appears, the drive is now encrypted and safe to use.
When the encrypted drive is inserted into a computer, it must be unlocked using the password before any data can be accessed.
Once the device has been successfully unlocked then data stored on it can be accessed as normal.