If you haven’t yet installed BestCrypt Volume Encryption, see our easy 3-step guide.
BestCrypt Volume Encryption v.4 introduces ‘Simple Interface’ - a user interface that allows to encrypt your PC in just a few clicks. Those who need advanced encryption options can easily switch user interface. Check here how to encrypt your computer in 'Advanced' mode.
Step 1: Run as Administrator
Once you have the program installed, start BestCrypt Volume Encryption by clicking on the icon in the bottom right of your screen in the system tray. Then choose the option ‘as Administrator’.
Or you can open the program and then choose to ‘Run as administrator’.
To encrypt your computer, you will need to allow BestCrypt to make the required changes.
When asked, click ‘Yes’.
From the main window you can see your computer and its encryption status: ‘Not encrypted’, ‘Partially encrypted’
By clicking the USB icon on the bottom, you can also see removable disks, such as USB sticks that are plugged in.
Step 2: Set encryption password
To start the encryption process, click ‘Encrypt computer’. Enter a unique password. This password will be asked every time you turn on your computer. BestCrypt also helps you determine the strength of your password as you are typing.
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When you are ready, click ‘Encrypt’.
Step 3: Encryption process
For the computer encryption process, you will only need to move your mouse around inside this window, or type anywhere on the keyboard. Doing this generates random data, so-called ‘seed data’, which is needed to generate a random encryption key. The window visualizes the encryption seed generation process.
Once the encryption key has been generated and the window closes, you will be shown the encryption progress status. The time to complete depends on the size of the volume and the processing power of the computer. In our example, encrypting a 235 GB volume took 40 minutes. For 500 GB, the encryption process will usually take a little over an hour.
To pause the encryption process, you can always click ‘Stop’ and continue later. The following prompt is shown once the encryption has successfully finished. If something else happened, please contact Jetico Tech Support.
Step 4: Create Rescue Disk
When the process completes or is paused, you will be prompted to create a Rescue USB or ISO (CD) - do not ignore this message! We recommend going through the Rescue Disk preparation process immediately and keeping it updated whenever prompted. A Rescue Disk is important in case your computer hardware malfunctions. If necessary, your computer can be started from the Rescue disk instead of the original drive.
Follow our Rescue disk creation guide here. When your Rescue Disk is ready, just restart your computer.
Step 5: Restart and enter password
When rebooting, you will see a pre-boot authentication screen. Type in the password you chose earlier, and press ‘Enter’. Now your computer will continue the normal start up process.
The pre-boot authentication screen will tell if an incorrect password is entered.
Upon logging in with your encryption and user passwords, you will be notified of any unsuccessful login attempts (including mistyped passwords).
You did it! Your computer is now safely encrypted with BestCrypt Volume Encryption.
If you have questions, you can always contact us!
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