Are you using Windows 10 Pro? If so, you can use this great security feature. It encrypts your data and keeps it safe from possible attacks while being very easy to use.
Data encryption is one of the most popular ways to protect your devices for a reason. If your work requires high confidentiality or you just want to feel safe while using your computer, BitLocker may be the right choice for you.
For BitLocker, you will need to use a PIN code.
If, for any reason, you want to change it, continue reading this article to learn how to do it.
Change your PIN
When you encrypt data on your computer, you must enter a PIN if you want to unlock it. Windows Pro is typically run by an organization, so the PIN requirements will depend on your business and the data you are protecting.
In some cases, you will need to enter the PIN before starting the operating system on your computer.
What if you want to change your PIN?
Follow the instructions below to change it, and note that the same steps apply to changing your password as well.
- Go to the taskbar and select Start.
- Choose Control Panel and in the new window, click System and Security.
- Choose BitLocker Encryption Options.
- If you want to change your PIN, click Manage your PIN.
- In the next step, you will need to enter a new PIN in two fields.
- Click Reset PIN to save the changes.
If you are simply changing your password, simply select Manage your password in step four.
What happens if you forget your PIN?
You can quickly resolve the issue by contacting their Help Desk. They will help you unlock any file encrypted by BitLocker.
If you need help from the help desk, please follow the instructions below:
1. Prepare the information the Help Desk will need to help you:
The first eight digits of your recovery key, your username, and your domain.
If you are not sure what your recovery key is, don’t worry. Once you enter an incorrect PIN, you will see it on your screen, in the BitLocker recovery console. It has 32 digits, but you only need the first eight for now.
2. The help desk will send you an email or contact you through your phone to give you a new recovery key. Type this into BitLocker Recovery Console and your computer will be unlocked.
The same happens if you forget your password.
The only difference, in that case, is that you need to open the BitLocker Encryption Options in the Control Panel application. From there choose Unlock Drive and select the I don’t remember my password option. On the next screen, you will see a recovery key ID which you can then submit to the help desk.
Back up the recovery key
To ensure that you can access your data at all times, you must make a backup copy of your recovery key.
Fortunately, there are three different options for doing this.
- Save it to a file.
- Save it to your Microsoft account, or
- Print it out.
It is highly recommended to keep the recovery key in your Microsoft account. If you need to recover it, you can access the key after logging into your account and opening the BitLocker Recovery Keys window.
If you prefer to save the key to a file, make sure it is on an unencrypted device. This is because you will not be able to access any of your files if you lose the BitLocker key.
Can you turn off BitLocker?
If you can. You may want to disable data encryption on your device, and you can do it in just a few steps.
- Login to your computer.
- Open a window and enter BitLocker in the search box.
- Press Enter.
- On the BitLocker Drive Encryption page, choose ‘Turn off BitLocker’.
Data security at its finest
If you opt for BitLocker, it is unlikely that you will be dissatisfied with this data encryption tool. It will keep the information on your computer safe and allow you to quickly access it when you need it.
When you want to change your PIN, you can do it easily as the program is simple. However, you will need to follow your company’s guidelines when setting a new PIN because it will depend on several factors.
If you forget your PIN or password, technical support is there to help you.
How has your experience with BitLocker been? Let us know in the comment section.