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Microsoft Abandons SSD Manufacturers, Launches BitLocker

Windows now ships with a full volume encryption tool known as BitLocker. The feature used to trust any SSD that claimed to provide its own hardware-based encryption; however, that modified in the KB4516071 update to Windows 10 launched on September 24, which now assumes that connected SSDs do not actually encrypt anything.

“SwiftOnSecurity” called attention to this modification on September 26. The pseudonymous Twitter user then reminded everybody of a November 2018 report that exposed security flaws, akin to the use of master passwords set by manufacturers, of self-encrypting drives. That meant users who bought SSDs that were supposed to help keep their data safe might as well have purchased a drive that did not handle its encryption instead.

Those folks have been actually worse off than anticipated since Microsoft set up BitLocker to leave these self-encrypting drives to their own machines. This was supposed to help with efficiency–the drives might use their own hardware to encrypt their contents rather than utilizing the CPU–without compromising the driver’s safety.

If the drives work as marketed, BitLocker may be told to skip them when it’s encrypting information. If they do not; however, at least Windows can now present them a safety internet rather than letting them drop because SSD firms tousled.

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