Create a PIN for disk encryption on your Windows machine

Disk encryption is part of the University’s security initiatives to protect institutional data and is designed to encrypt all the contents of a hard drive such as data files, applications settings, executables, applications and the operating system.

You will need to follow these quick instructions when disk encryption is remotely activated on your computer by Information Technology:

  1. A Sophos Device Encryption dialog box is displayed. Follow the on-screen instructions to define a PIN and then restart your computer (NB: although you can close this dialog box, it will re-appear the next time you restart your computer):
    1. The PIN must be between 8 and 20 characters.
    2. The PIN can include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
    3. Do not use any special characters or accented characters in your PIN as you may have difficulty entering these when starting your computer.
    4. The PIN should not be the same as the password used to login to your computer.
      Create a BitLocker PIN screen


      NOTE: Once you have set a PIN, it will be required every time you restart your computer.
  2. The software will begin to encrypt your entire disk the first time you restart your computer after choosing your PIN. You may continue to use your computer as you normally would while your disk in being encrypted.

If you forget your PIN

To prevent being locked out of your computer, Information Technology recommends that you contact the Service Desk if you’ve entered your PIN 5 times unsuccessfully.

If you cannot remember your PIN, you will not be able to access your computer. Please contact the Service Desk at 613-562-5800 extension 6555.

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