Distinguishing between opal-, volume- and file-based encryption on the SafeGuard Client

  • Article ID: 107852
  • Updated: 21 Apr 2015

Issue
How to visibly distinguish between BitLocker, OPAL-, volume- and file-based encryption on a SafeGuard Client.

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)
SafeGuard File Encryption
SafeGuard Device Encryption
SafeGuard Data Exchange
SafeGuard BitLocker Client

Operating systems
All supported operating systems

What To Do

To visualize the difference between BitLocker, OPAL-, volume- and file-based encryption, it is recommended to enable the overlay icons in Windows Explorer (does not apply to BitLocker icons). This can be done using a SafeGuard Enterprise policy (Specific Machine Settings) and is enabled by default.

Referring policy setting:





Examples for volume based encryption



Example for file based encryption



Example for opal encryption

Example for BitLocker encryption (in combination with file-based encryption for optical media) 

 

 

Volume based:
green: volume encrypted
yellow: encryption/decryption in progress
red: drive encrypted, user does not have the required key in key-ring

File based:
green: file encrypted, file accessible
red: file encrypted, file inaccessible
yellow: encryption policy assigned to this volume/folder
gray: file unencrypted

OPAL encrypted
blue: Volume encrypted
red: drive encrypted, user does not have the required key in key-ring

BitLocker 
open lock symbol : volume encrypted and currently accessible
closed lock symbol: volume encrypted and not opened yet

 

 
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