Turn On Windows 10 Device Encryption
Encryption helps protect the data on your device so it can only be accessed by people who have authorisation. All university owned computers will have bitlocker already activated if required and the below instructions only apply to personally owned computers.
If device encryption isn't available on your device, you might be able to turn on standard BitLocker encryption instead. Note that BitLocker isn't available on Windows 10 Home edition.
Information Services recommends that important study/work related data is stored within OneDrive, Sharepoint and/or other appropriate university systems. Storing data in these services protects it from the impact of any loss or failure of local devices and encrypting your device allows you to take advantage of the OneDrive sync client making it easier to save your data to OneDrive and access it from a variety of applications.
Turn on device encryption
Sign in to Windows with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts). For more info, see Create a local or administrator account in Windows 10.
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Device encryption. If Device encryption doesn't appear, it isn't available. You may be able to use standard BitLocker encryption instead.
If device encryption is turned off, select Turn on.
Turn on standard BitLocker encryption
Sign in to your Windows device with an administrator account (you may have to sign out and back in to switch accounts). For more info, see Create a local or administrator account in Windows 10.
In the search box on the taskbar, type Manage BitLocker and then select it from the list of results. Or you can select the Start button, and then under Windows System, select Control Panel. In Control Panel, select System and Security, and then under BitLocker Drive Encryption, select Manage BitLocker. Note: You'll only see this option if BitLocker is available for your device. It isn't available on Windows 10 Home edition.
Select Turn on BitLocker and then follow the instructions.
Regardless of the method used above to encrypt your device we recommend that you store a copy of your recovery key in a safe location (not with or near your computer) from where it can be easily retrieved if required, such as your OneDrive.
Want to learn more and find out if your device supports device encryption? See Device encryption in Windows 10.