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PGP File and Disk Encryption
To protect your secure data from unauthorized access, you can use PGP Desktop to encrypt your hard drive. When you encrypt an entire disk using the PGP Whole Disk Encryption feature, every sector is encrypted using a symmetric key. This includes all files including operating system files, application files, data files, swap files, free space, and temp files.
On subsequent reboots, PGP WDE prompts you for the correct passphrase. Then the encrypted data is decrypted as you access it. Before any data is written to the disk, PGP WDE encrypts it. As long as you are authenticated to your PGP WDE-encrypted disk (after you have entered the correct passphrase at the PGP BootGuard screen), the files are available. When you shut down your system, the disk is protected against use by others.
For information on how to install PGP Desktop, click here.
|Set up whole disk encryption|
|Logging in to an encrypted laptop|
After encrypting your laptop, when you restart or power on the computer, you will now see a gray screen like the one below:
Enter the password you normally use to login to Windows on your computer. When you successfully login, it will automatically log you into Windows for you.
If you change your password, you will need to follow the directions below to update your PGP WDE and SSO password information.
If you forget your password or are unable to login, please contact the Help Desk. A PGP Admin may be able to help you login with a one-time use recovery token.
|Changing your Domain Password in PGP WDE|
After changing your Domain password on the Wellesley Password Reset page, you need to update PGP Whole Disk Encryption with your new password.
This requires another faculty or staff member with a Wellesley Domain Account present. (PGP does not work with student Domain Accounts)