Microsoft BitLocker Reviews

Microsoft BitLocker is the #1 ranked solution of our top Endpoint Encryption tools. It's rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Symantec Endpoint Encryption - Microsoft BitLocker vs Symantec Endpoint Encryption

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Jos-Katengwa
Real User
Information Technology Specialist at Calculus system
Nov 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which makes the PC security stronger because somebody who is not from the team cannot access the PC without the decryption PIN. If the… more »

What needs improvement?

It takes a very long time to encrypt a disk, so I think that speed is something that can be improved. It can take more than two hours to encrypt a disk with one terabyte of data. When my clients are… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is included with Microsoft Server and my clients did not have to pay for anything extra.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My client was not using another solution prior to this one. I proposed three different products, but they chose BitLocker because it is free. IT is not well understood by the clients in my country, so… more »

What other advice do I have?

The encryption solution was not something that I was really informed about, but I decided to study it and then propose it to my customers. I propose two different deployment models; the cloud and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am somewhat familiar with other solutions such as those by McAfee, Digital Guardian, and Trend Micro Endpoint Encryption. However, I do not know these products as well as Microsoft BitLocker. Once I… more »
MohamedKhairy
Real User
Co-Founder & Enterprise Solutions Architect at Qtopia Tech. Solutions
Dec 11 2019

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use. It is usually easy to recover someone's privacy. The manageability is much easier than McAfee. I think that Microsoft is a leader in this area. We are in the Microsoft school so our judgment of McAfee will be a little bit unfair as we recommend Microsoft all the time because of… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's not about pricing, because we are working with Enterprise companies that already have Windows Enterprise, so BitLocker comes already included as a Windows feature. It's free for Enterprise users. The price is only for deployment. The customer will pay for McAfee, however.

What other advice do I have?

If anyone is looking for integration solutions and has a requirement related to integration between Active Directory and integration solutions, I think that he needs to strongly go to Microsoft BitLocker. If integration with Active Directory is not mandatory for him, I think that there are many… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a partner for Microsoft here in Saudi Arabia, and one of our customers is interested in deploying Microsoft BitLocker to secure his computer devices and laptops, to encrypt all his data for hard disks, etc. I am already moving to read some documents and have some comparison between McAfee and… more »
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Darrin Leboeuf
Real User
Director IM/IT at Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Feb 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the simplicity and integration with the Microsoft Clouds platform. I can store the keys to the devices kept in my Active Directory in Microsoft Azure.

What needs improvement?

In the next generation, it could have a higher level of encryption. I would like to be able to encrypt our cloud tenancy. I would like to have the ability to encrypt a cloud-based server with… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of this solution is bundled in with part of the subscription for the Microsoft Cloud. We have users subscribed to Enterprise E5 and it comes with E5.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

There was no other solution in place. We deployed BitLocker because it fits within our strategy for the environment that we were building, which is a no-infrastructure infrastructure.

What other advice do I have?

We have no infrastructure. Everything we have, our entire infrastructure, has moved and it's in the Microsoft Azure cloud. This solution does everything that we need it to do. It is very convenient… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We researched a few websites for comparative encryption, but we didn't want to introduce another vendor. BitLocker satisfied all of the criteria that we had. We don't need any military-grade or any… more »
Blanca Flores
Real User
Desk Top Operation Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Mar 18 2020

What needs improvement?

I think there is some room for improvement for end users and technical staff. They are the ones required to support the computers, learn how the solution functions and to troubleshoot. For now, they have to wing it most of the time and it could be better. For additional features, I'd like to see… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is not my area but I don't think we pay annual licensing costs. I think we just pay for computer leasing, and all fees are included in the purchase. I don't think we're getting our money's worth because we're often unable to locate computers that have been lost.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before this, we used Wave but when they were bought out by another company we switched to BitLocker.

What other advice do I have?

I think it's important to involve the technical team when selecting a product and testing it out, rather than having the upper management make the decisions regarding which products to purchase. It's also important to get upfront support, technical support and maintenance, and maybe somehow get a… more »
Real User
IT Security Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Mar 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The disk encryption is the most valuable aspect of the solution for our organization. It's the only feature we really use. There's a lot of manageability within the solution. This is very helpful.

What needs improvement?

For our company's needs, the solution works very well. From a retail standpoint, in terms of Microsoft licensing, you need to purchase an enterprise-level version of the licensing tool to get the level of manageability that's needed. However, this is only offered to very large enterprises. The solution should offer encryption for other items such as shared folders, removable media, etc. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're just a Microsoft customer. We don't have any specific relationship with the company. Due to security concerns and company policy, we only ever use on-premises solutions. I'm not sure which version of the solution we are using. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
Kevin Coakley
Real User
Director at Pathfinder
Apr 19 2020

What is most valuable?

The ease of use is the most valuable feature. The ability to import data to build your frontend on top of the data is very simple and very useable.

What needs improvement?

The visualization could be better. I don't have any complaints about the usability of the stability of it and he licensing is quite reasonable actually.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because the frontend could still be a little easier to use. There's still a level of effort in creating things. It could be easier. I would recommend it. From what I have seen, the setup is really easy and the ability to get up to speed is really quick. I would recommend it as being a really good tool if you are a Microsoft user.
Usman Rasool
Real User
VP - Head Enterprise IT Infrastructure at MIB
Mar 16 2020

What do you think of Microsoft BitLocker?

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is data encryption and protection.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution should be more competitive. The first level of technical support needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Microsoft OS at the endpoints for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not seen any bugs or glitches, so the stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. We have approximately 500 users in a variety of roles and positions.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in touch with technical support many times and we are not satisfied, to be honest. Their first-level support is…
Yeshwanth Bm
Real User
Senior System Manager at Teganalytics
May 23 2019

What do you think of Microsoft BitLocker?

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to encrypt the data on three hard drives.

What needs improvement?

The following areas need improvement: The encryption takes a long time to complete, and our system runs very slowly while it is encrypting. If you lose the data, or it becomes corrupted, then there is no backup for it. There is no way of recovering it. There are no clear guidelines for using this product. Technical support for this solution is poor.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial / evaluation period (six months).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

There is no technical support that assists with understanding BitLocker.

Which solution did I use

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What is Microsoft BitLocker?

BitLocker is Microsoft's full disk encryption solution, which protects all of your data from theft, hacking or loss. BitLocker does this by encrypting the entire drive that hosts your Windows operating system and all your data.

BitLocker is available for all devices, including portable storage devices (such as external hard drives and USB flash drives). These portable devices are supported by a feature called BitLocker To Go, which is included in Windows 7 and 8, and in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. In Windows XP, encrypted devices can be read, but not written to, using the BitLocker To Go Reader program.

Also known as
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Microsoft BitLocker customers
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