Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday December 30, 2015

Bought A Windows Computer? Microsoft Probably Has Your Encryption Key

Doesn't this totally defeat the purpose of using encryption? Now that Microsoft has your encryption key, would they have to turn it over to law enforcement or other agencies if requested?

ONE OF THE EXCELLENT FEATURES of new Windows devices is that disk encryption is built-in and turned on by default, protecting your data in case your device is lost or stolen. But what is less well-known is that, if you are like most users and login to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, your computer automatically uploaded a copy of your recovery key آ— which can be used to unlock your encrypted disk آ— to Microsoft’s servers, probably without your knowledge and without an option to opt out.