Laptop Encryption

Encrypting your laptop is the most important step in protecting your and the university’s data if a computer is lost or stolen. This protection is not optional for all Harvard-owned and managed computers. Please get in touch with the Helpdesk if you want to discuss an exception to this policy.

Key features and benefits

  • Only those with password access to the computer can access the data.
  • Every Whole-Disk Encryption (WDE) computer automatically checks in with our systems regularly.
  • If you lose or forget your password, a recovery process is available.
  • If needed, the whole disk can be unencrypted with assistance from IT support.

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How to get started

In you are interested in using this service, please contact the helpdesk helpdesk@hsph.harvard.edu