Microsoft criticised over Windows 10 encryption key upload
Dec 31 2015
In case if the Microsoft servers are hacked, your encryption keys will be the lowest hanging fruits for the hackers.
Next you'll be prompted to back up a recovery key that is a string of characters that will let you access the drive in case you lose the encryption password.
Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 10, was released five months ago, which means the OS has gotten 40 million new users every month.
There is no warning or opt-out option for Microsoft users, something eerily akin to the Clipper chip program pushed by the National Security Agency and the Clinton White House in the 1990's, according to The Intercept, which first reported on the Windows vulnerability. "But handing your keys to a company like Microsoft fundamentally changes the security properties of a disk encryption system". If your laptop or desktop contains a TPM module and meets all of Microsoft's specifications, the device will ship with full disk encryption activated.
"The gold standard in disk encryption is end-to-end encryption, where only you can unlock your disk".
But we do worry when people are running an operating system that's 10 years old that the next printer they buy isn't going to work well, or they buy a new game, they buy Fallout 4, a very popular game, and it doesn't work on a bunch of older machines.
Furthermore, full Bitlocker functionality is only available in Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows while Device Encryption is available in all. Here you will find the list of all the recovery keys stored on the server.
When you enable Azure Disk Encryption on your organization's Windows Server or Linux Azure IaaS VMs, you can be certain that only the people appropriately authorized will have access to the contents of those VM hard disks.
For doing the same, go to Start, type "Bitlocker", and click "Manage BitLocker".
Young told us while this key backup behavior certainly presents an increased risk that someone may be able to bypass advertised encryption protections, it's important to consider the risk in context. Given the cadence of Cortana updates thus far, which have included integrations with Uber and Microsoft's Power BI service, it's likely that Microsoft's virtual assistant will remain a focus of its future feature releases. With more and more personal information stored on your phone and computer, you want to know that your information is safe.
Plug in your flash drive (you can do this with an SD card, too) and wait while Windows recognizes it. If AutoPlay comes up, select Open folder to view files.