Set up Customer Key - Microsoft Purview (compliance) (2023)

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With Customer Key, you control your organization's encryption keys and then configure Microsoft 365 to use them to encrypt your data at rest in Microsoft's data centers. In other words, Customer Key allows customers to add a layer of encryption that belongs to them, with their keys.

Set up Azure before you can use Customer Key. This article describes the steps you need to follow to create and configure the required Azure resources and then provides the steps for setting up Customer Key. After you set up Azure, you determine which policy, and therefore, which keys, to assign to encrypt data across various Microsoft 365 workloads in your organization. For more information about Customer Key, or for a general overview, see Service encryption with Microsoft Purview Customer Key.

Important

We strongly recommend that you follow the best practices in this article. These are called out as TIP and IMPORTANT. Customer Key gives you control over root encryption keys whose scope can be as large as your entire organization. This means that mistakes made with these keys can have a broad impact and may result in service interruptions or irrevocable loss of your data.

Tip

If you're not an E5 customer, you can try all the premium features in Microsoft Purview for free. Use the 90-day Purview solutions trial to explore how robust Purview capabilities can help your organization manage data security and compliance needs. Start now at the Microsoft Purview compliance portal trials hub. Learn details about signing up and trial terms.

Before you set up Customer Key

Before you get started, ensure that you have the appropriate Azure subscriptions and M365/O365 licensing for your organization. You must use paid Azure Subscriptions. Subscriptions you got through Free, Trial, Sponsorships, MSDN Subscriptions, and those under Legacy Support are not eligible.

Important

Valid M365/O365 licenses that offer M365 Customer Key are:

  • Office 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Information Protection & Governance SKUs
  • Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance for FLW

Existing Office 365 Advanced Compliance licenses will continue to be supported.

To understand the concepts and procedures in this article, review the Azure Key Vault documentation. Also, become familiar with the terms used in Azure, for example, Azure AD tenant.

If you need more support beyond the documentation, contact Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), Premier Field Engineering (PFE), or a Microsoft partner for assistance. To provide feedback on Customer Key, including the documentation, send your ideas, suggestions, and perspectives to customerkeyfeedback@microsoft.com.

Overview of steps to set up Customer Key

To set up Customer Key, complete these tasks in the listed order. The rest of this article provides detailed instructions for each task, or links out to more information for each step in the process.

In Azure and Microsoft FastTrack:

You'll complete most of these tasks by remotely connecting to Azure PowerShell. For best results, use version 4.4.0 or later of Azure PowerShell.

Complete tasks in Azure Key Vault and Microsoft FastTrack for Customer Key

Complete these tasks in Azure Key Vault. You'll need to complete these steps for all DEPs you use with Customer Key.

Create two new Azure subscriptions

Customer Key requires two Azure subscriptions. As a best practice, Microsoft recommends that you create new Azure subscriptions for use with Customer Key. Azure Key Vault keys can only be authorized for applications in the same Azure Active Directory (Microsoft Azure Active Directory) tenant, you must create the new subscriptions using the same Azure AD tenant used with your organization where the DEPs will be assigned. For example, using your work or school account that has global administrator privileges in your organization. For detailed steps, see Sign up for Azure as an organization.

Important

Customer Key requires two keys for each data encryption policy (DEP). In order to achieve this, you must create two Azure subscriptions. As a best practice, Microsoft recommends that you have separate members of your organization configure one key in each subscription. You should only use these Azure subscriptions to administer encryption keys for Office 365. This protects your organization in case one of your operators accidentally, intentionally, or maliciously deletes or otherwise mismanages the keys for which they are responsible.

There is no practical limit to the number of Azure subscriptions that you can create for your organization. Following these best practices will minimize the impact of human error while helping to manage the resources used by Customer Key.

Submit a request to activate Customer Key for Office 365

Once you've created the two new Azure subscriptions, you'll need to submit the appropriate Customer Key offer request in the Microsoft FastTrack portal. The selections that you make in the offer form about the authorized designations within your organization are critical and necessary for completion of Customer Key registration. The officers in those selected roles within your organization ensure the authenticity of any request to revoke and destroy all keys used with a Customer Key data encryption policy. You'll need to do this step once for each Customer Key DEP type that you intend to use for your organization.

The FastTrack team doesn't provide assistance with Customer Key. Office 365 simply uses the FastTrack portal to allow you to submit the form and to help us track the relevant offers for Customer Key. Once you've submitted the FastTrack request, reach out to the corresponding Customer Key onboarding team to start the onboarding process.

To submit an offer to activate Customer Key, complete these steps:

  1. Using a work or school account that has global administrator permissions in your organization, sign in to the Microsoft FastTrack portal.

  2. Once you're logged in, select the appropriate domain.

  3. For the selected domain, choose Deploy from the top navigation bar, and review the list of available offers.

  4. Choose the information card for the offer that applies to you:

    • Multiple Microsoft 365 workloads: Choose the Request encryption key help for Microsoft 365 offer.

    • Exchange Online and Skype for Business: Choose the Request encryption key help for Exchange offer.

    • SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Teams files: Choose the Request encryption key help for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business offer.

  5. Once you've reviewed the offer details, choose Continue to step 2.

  6. Fill out all applicable details and requested information on the offer form. Pay particular attention to your selections for which officers of your organization you want to authorize to approve the permanent and irreversible destruction of encryption keys and data. Once you've completed the form, choose Submit.

Register Azure subscriptions to use a mandatory retention period

The temporary or permanent loss of root encryption keys can be disruptive or even catastrophic to service operation and can result in data loss. For this reason, the resources used with Customer Key require strong protection. All the Azure resources that are used with Customer Key offer protection mechanisms beyond the default configuration. You can tag or register Azure subscriptions for a mandatory retention period. A mandatory retention period prevents immediate and irrevocable cancellation of your Azure subscription. The steps required to register Azure subscriptions for a mandatory retention period require collaboration with the Microsoft 365 team. Previously, mandatory retention period was sometimes referred to as "Do Not Cancel". This process will take five business days to complete.

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Important

Before contacting the Microsoft 365 team, you must do the following steps for each Azure subscription that you use with Customer Key. Ensure that you have the Azure PowerShell Az module installed before you start.

  1. Sign in with Azure PowerShell. For instructions, see Sign in with Azure PowerShell.

  2. Run the Register-AzProviderFeature cmdlet to register your subscriptions to use a mandatory retention period. Complete this action for each subscription.

    Set-AzContext -SubscriptionId <SubscriptionId>Register-AzProviderFeature -FeatureName mandatoryRetentionPeriodEnabled -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Resources

Contact the corresponding Microsoft alias to proceed with the process

Note

Before contacting the corresponding Microsoft alias, verify that you have complete your FastTrack requests for M365 Customer Key.

  • For enabling Customer Key for assigning DEP to individual Exchange Online mailboxes, contact exock@microsoft.com.

  • For enabling Customer Key for assigning DEPs to encrypt SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business content (including Teams files) for all tenant users, contact spock@microsoft.com.

  • For enabling Customer Key for assigning DEPs to encrypt content across multiple Microsoft 365 workloads (Exchange Online, Teams, Microsoft Purview Information Protection) for all tenant users, contact m365-ck@service.microsoft.com.

  • Include the following information in your email:

    Subject: Customer Key for <Your tenant's fully qualified domain name>

    Body:Include the FastTrack Request IDs and subscription IDs for each of the Customer Key services that you would like to be onboard to. These subscription IDs are the ones that you want to complete the mandatory retention period and the output of Get-AzProviderFeature for each subscription.

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) for completion of this process is five business days once Microsoft has been notified (and verified) that you have registered your subscriptions to use a mandatory retention period.

Verify the status of each your Azure Subscriptions

Once you receive notification from Microsoft that registration is complete, verify the status of your registration by running the Get-AzProviderFeature command as follows. If verified, the Get-AzProviderFeature command returns a value of Registered for the Registration State property. Complete this step for each subscription.

Get-AzProviderFeature -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Resources -FeatureName mandatoryRetentionPeriodEnabled

Tip

Before moving on, make sure the 'RegistrationState' is set to 'Registered' like the image below.

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Create a premium Azure Key Vault in each subscription

The steps to create a key vault are documented in Getting Started with Azure Key Vault, which guides you through installing and launching Azure PowerShell, connecting to your Azure subscription, creating a resource group, and creating a key vault in that resource group.

When you create a key vault, you must choose a SKU: either Standard or Premium. The Standard SKU allows Azure Key Vault keys to be protected with software - there's no Hardware Security Module (HSM) key protection - and the Premium SKU allows the use of HSMs for protection of Key Vault keys. Customer Key accepts key vaults that use either SKU, though Microsoft strongly recommends that you use only the Premium SKU. The cost of operations with keys of either type is the same, so the only difference in cost is the cost per month for each HSM-protected key. See Key Vault pricing for details.

Important

Use the Premium SKU key vaults and HSM-protected keys for production data, and only use Standard SKU key vaults and keys for testing and validation purposes.

For each Microsoft 365 service with which you will use Customer Key, create a key vault in each of the two Azure subscriptions that you created. For example, to enable Customer Key to use DEPs for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and multi-workload scenarios, you'll create three pairs of key vaults.

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Use a naming convention for key vaults that reflects the intended use of the DEP with which you will associate the vaults. See the Best Practices section below for naming convention recommendations.

Create a separate, paired set of vaults for each data encryption policy. For Exchange Online, the scope of a data encryption policy is chosen by you when you assign the policy to mailbox. A mailbox can have only one policy assigned, and you can create up to 50 policies. The scope of a SharePoint Online policy includes all of the data within an organization in a geographic location, or geo. The scope for a multi-workload policy includes all of the data across the supported workloads for all users.

The creation of key vaults also requires the creation of Azure resource groups, since key vaults need storage capacity (though small) and Key Vault logging, if enabled, also generates stored data. As a best practice Microsoft recommends using separate administrators to manage each resource group, with the administration that's aligned with the set of administrators that will manage all related Customer Key resources.

Assign permissions to each key vault

You'll need to define three separate sets of permissions for each key vault, depending on your implementation. For example, you will need to define one set of permissions for each of the following:

  • Key vault administrators that do day-to-day management of your key vault for your organization. These tasks include backup, create, get, import, list, and restore.

    Important

    The set of permissions assigned to key vault administrators does not include the permission to delete keys. This is intentional and an important practice. Deleting encryption keys is not typically done, since doing so permanently destroys data. As a best practice, do not grant this permission to key vault administrators by default. Instead, reserve this for key vault contributors and only assign it to an administrator on a short term basis once a clear understanding of the consequences is understood.

    To assign these permissions to a user in your organization, sign in to your Azure subscription with Azure PowerShell. For instructions, see Sign in with Azure PowerShell.

    • Run the Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy cmdlet to assign the necessary permissions.
    Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy -VaultName <vault name> -UserPrincipalName <UPN of user> -PermissionsToKeys create,import,list,get,backup,restore

    For example:

    Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy -VaultName Contoso-CK-EX-NA-VaultA1 -UserPrincipalName alice@contoso.com -PermissionsToKeys create,import,list,get,backup,restore
  • Key vault contributors that can change permissions on the Azure Key Vault itself. You'll need to change these permissions as employees leave or join your team. In the rare situation that the key vault administrators legitimately need permission to delete or restore a key you'll also need to change the permissions. This set of key vault contributors needs to be granted the Contributor role on your key vault. You can assign this role by using Azure Resource Manager. For detailed steps, see Use Role-Based Access Control to manage access to your Azure subscription resources. The administrator who creates a subscription has this access implicitly, and the ability to assign other administrators to the Contributor role.

  • Permissions to Microsoft 365 applications for every key vault that you use for Customer Key, you need to give wrapKey, unwrapKey, and get permissions to the corresponding Microsoft 365 Service Principal.

    To give permission to Microsoft 365 Service Principal, run the Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy cmdlet using the following syntax:

    Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy -VaultName <vault name> -PermissionsToKeys wrapKey,unwrapKey,get -ServicePrincipalName <Office 365 appID>

    Where:

    • vault name is the name of the key vault you created.
    • For Exchange Online and Skype for Business, replace Office 365 appID with 00000002-0000-0ff1-ce00-000000000000
    • For SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Teams files, replace Office 365 appID with 00000003-0000-0ff1-ce00-000000000000
    • For multi-workload policy (Exchange, Teams, Microsoft Purview Information Protection) that applies to all tenant users, replace Office 365 appID with c066d759-24ae-40e7-a56f-027002b5d3e4

    Example: Setting permissions for Exchange Online and Skype for Business:

    Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy -VaultName Contoso-CK-EX-NA-VaultA1 -PermissionsToKeys wrapKey,unwrapKey,get -ServicePrincipalName 00000002-0000-0ff1-ce00-000000000000

    Example: Setting permissions for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Teams files:

    Set-AzKeyVaultAccessPolicy -VaultName Contoso-CK-SP-NA-VaultA1 -PermissionsToKeys wrapKey,unwrapKey,get -ServicePrincipalName 00000003-0000-0ff1-ce00-000000000000

    Confirm Get, wrapKey, and unwrapKey are granted to each key vault by running the Get-AzKeyVault cmdlet.

    Get-AzKeyVault -VaultName <vault name> | fl

Tip

Before moving on, make sure the permissions are configured properly for the key vault, the Permissions to Keys will return wrapKey, unwrapKey, get.Make sure to correct the permissions to the correct service you are onboarding to. The Display Name for each service is listed below:

  • Exchange Online and Skype for Business: Office 365 Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Teams files: Office 365 SharePoint Online
  • Multiple Microsoft 365 workloads: M365DataAtRestEncryption

For example, the snippet below is an example of making sure the permissions are configured for M365DataAtRestEncryption. The below cmdlet with a vault named mmcexchangevault will display the following fields.

 Get-AzKeyVault -VaultName mmcexchangevault | fl

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Make sure soft delete is enabled on your key vaults

When you can quickly recover your keys, you are less likely to experience an extended service outage due to accidentally or maliciously deleted keys. Enable this configuration, referred to as Soft Delete, before you can use your keys with Customer Key. Enabling Soft Delete allows you to recover keys or vaults within 90 days of deletion without having to restore them from backup.

To enable Soft Delete on your key vaults, complete these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Azure subscription with Windows PowerShell. For instructions, see Sign in with Azure PowerShell.

  2. Run the Get-AzKeyVault cmdlet. In this example, vault name is the name of the key vault for which you're enabling soft delete:

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    $v = Get-AzKeyVault -VaultName <vault name>$r = Get-AzResource -ResourceId $v.ResourceId$r.Properties | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name enableSoftDelete -Value 'True'Set-AzResource -ResourceId $r.ResourceId -Properties $r.Properties
  3. Confirm soft delete is configured for the key vault by running the Get-AzKeyVault cmdlet. If soft delete is configured properly for the key vault, then the Soft Delete Enabled property returns a value of True:

    Get-AzKeyVault -VaultName <vault name> | fl

Tip

Before moving on, make sure the 'Soft Delete Enabled?' is set to 'True' like the image below.

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Add a key to each key vault either by creating or importing a key

There are two ways to add keys to an Azure Key Vault; you can create a key directly in Key Vault, or you can import a key. Creating a key directly in Key Vault is less complicated, but importing a key provides total control over how the key is generated. Use the RSA keys. Azure Key Vault doesn't support wrapping and unwrapping with elliptical curve keys.

For instructions to add a key to each vault, see Add-AzKeyVaultKey.

For detailed steps to create a key on-premises and import it into your key vault, see How to generate and transfer HSM-protected keys for Azure Key Vault. Use the Azure instructions to create a key in each key vault.

Verify expiration date of your keys

To verify that an expiration date isn't set for your keys, run the Get-AzKeyVaultKey cmdlet as follows:

Get-AzKeyVaultKey -VaultName <vault name>

Customer Key can't use an expired key. Operations attempted with an expired key will fail, and possibly result in a service outage. We strongly recommend that keys used with Customer Key don't have an expiration date. An expiration date, once set, cannot be removed, but can be changed to a different date. If a key must be used that has an expiration date set, change the expiration value to 12/31/9999. Keys with an expiration date set to a date other than 12/31/9999 won't pass Microsoft 365 validation.

To change an expiration date that has been set to any value other than 12/31/9999, run the Update-AzKeyVaultKey cmdlet as follows:

Update-AzKeyVaultKey -VaultName <vault name> -Name <key name> -Expires (Get-Date -Date "12/31/9999")

Caution

Don't set expiration dates on encryption keys you use with Customer Key.

Check the recovery level of your keys

Microsoft 365 requires that the Azure Key Vault subscription is set to Do Not Cancel and that the keys used by Customer Key have soft delete enabled. You can confirm you subscriptions settings by looking at the recovery level on your keys.

To check the recovery level of a key, in Azure PowerShell, run the Get-AzKeyVaultKey cmdlet as follows:

(Get-AzKeyVaultKey -VaultName <vault name> -Name <key name>).Attributes

Tip

Before moving on, If the Recovery Level property returns anything other than a value of Recoverable+ProtectedSubscription, ensure that you have registered the MandatoryRetentionPeriodEnabled feature on the subscription and that you have soft delete enabled on each of your key vaults.

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Back up Azure Key Vault

Immediately following creation or any change to a key, perform a backup and store copies of the backup, both online and offline.To create a backup of an Azure Key Vault key, run the Backup-AzKeyVaultKey cmdlet.

Obtain the URI for each Azure Key Vault key

Once you've set up your key vaults and added your keys, run the following command to get the URI for the key in each key vault. You'll use these URIs when you create and assign each DEP later, so save this information in a safe place. Run this command once for each key vault.

In Azure PowerShell:

(Get-AzKeyVaultKey -VaultName <vault name>).Id

Next steps

Once you've completed the steps in this article, you're ready to create and assign DEPs. For instructions, see Manage Customer Key.

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FAQs

What is Microsoft customer key? ›

With Customer Key, you control your organization's encryption keys and then configure Microsoft 365 to use them to encrypt your data at rest in Microsoft's data centers. In other words, Customer Key allows customers to add a layer of encryption that belongs to them, with their keys.

What is a customer key? ›

Customer keys allow you to identify and search for an asset by a data value known only by you. A customer key is a unique value across your enterprise that is typically stored in your database. The customer key is not a required field, and if you don't provide a value, a unique GUID will be created for you.

Does Microsoft 365 include BitLocker? ›

Microsoft 365 provides baseline, volume-level encryption enabled through BitLocker and Distributed Key Manager (DKM). Microsoft 365 offers an added layer of encryption for your content. This content includes data from Exchange Online, Skype for Business, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams.

What is Microsoft double key encryption? ›

DKE is the combination of two keys held by separate parties that encrypt or decrypt data. One key remains in the control of the customer, and the other key is stored securely in Microsoft Azure. Without access to both keys, the relevant data remains securely encrypted.

How do I get my Microsoft activation key? ›

The product key is in the confirmation email you received after buying your digital copy of Windows. Microsoft only keeps a record of product keys if you purchased from the Microsoft online store. You can find out if you purchased from Microsoft in your Microsoft account Order history.

Why use customer managed keys? ›

When you specify a customer-managed key, that key is used to protect and control access to the key that encrypts your data. Customer-managed keys offer greater flexibility to manage access controls.

How do customer managed keys work? ›

Customer Managed Keys, or CMK, is a cloud architecture that gives customers ownership of the encryption keys that protect some or all of their data stored in SaaS applications. It is per-tenant encryption where your customers can independently monitor usage of their data and revoke all access to it if desired.

Is customer ID a primary key? ›

Often, a unique identification number, such as an ID number or a serial number or code, serves as a primary key in a table. For example, you might have a Customers table where each customer has a unique customer ID number. The customer ID field is the primary key.

Can Microsoft give me my BitLocker key? ›

You can use the link above, or just go to https://account.microsoft.com/devices/recoverykey. It should look something like this: Note: If the device was set up, or if BitLocker was turned on, by somebody else, the recovery key may be in that person's Microsoft account.

Is Microsoft BitLocker free? ›

"It is free. It is enabled as part of the operating system. Once you have an operating system license, you're licensed for Bitlocker."

Do I need a Microsoft account to use BitLocker? ›

Windows 10 Device Encryption - You need a Microsoft Account to finish encrypting this device. "The Suspend-BitLocker cmdlet suspends Bitlocker encryption, allowing users to access encrypted data on a volume that uses BitLocker Drive Encryption.

What are the two types of encryption keys? ›

There are two types of encryption in widespread use today: symmetric and asymmetric encryption. The name derives from whether or not the same key is used for encryption and decryption.

What two 2 types of keys are using for asymmetric encryption? ›

Asymmetric encryption uses a mathematically related pair of keys for encryption and decryption: a public key and a private key. If the public key is used for encryption, then the related private key is used for decryption. If the private key is used for encryption, then the related public key is used for decryption.

What are the two types of keys available in encryption in Azure? ›

Azure Key Vault provides two types of resources to store and manage cryptographic keys. Vaults support software-protected and HSM-protected (Hardware Security Module) keys.

How do I know if my Microsoft account is linked to a product key? ›

To find out, select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security and then select Activation . The activation status message will tell you if your account is linked. This means that your Microsoft account is not linked to your digital license.

Why is my Microsoft key not working? ›

Some users have noticed that the Windows key isn't functioning because it's been disabled in the system. It might've been disabled by an application, a person, malware, or Game Mode. Windows 10's Filter Key bug. There's a known bug in Windows 10's Filter Key feature which causes issues with typing on the login screen.

What happens if you don't activate Windows key? ›

What Happens if You Don't Activate Windows 10/11? If you wish to not activate Windows on your personal computer at all, you can still access it for as long as you want. In other words, you will not be stopped from using Windows even if you choose to never activate the software.

Is my Microsoft Office product key stored on my computer? ›

Find from system registry: The Office serial key is stored on the hard drive where you install Office program. You can find it from the registry, but you can't read it normally, because it is encrypted with binary code.

Can I use Microsoft without activation? ›

Can I use Windows 10 without activation? Microsoft allows for the use of Microsoft 10 without activation. However, users will be required to activate the OS once the trial period expires. While failure to activate won't affect the PC or laptop running, it will limit some features.

Are customer managed keys more secure? ›

Customer-managed keys provide an extra level of security for customers with sensitive data. With this feature, the customer manages the encryption key themselves and makes it accessible to Snowflake. If the customer decides to disable access, data can no longer be decrypted.

Where are customer encryption keys stored? ›

The encryption key is created and stored on the key management server. The key manager creates the encryption key through the use of a cryptographically secure random bit generator and stores the key, along with all it's attributes, into the key storage database.

How do you create a customer managed key? ›

In the navigation pane, choose Customer managed keys. Choose Create key. To create a symmetric encryption KMS key, for Key type choose Symmetric. For information about how to create an asymmetric KMS key in the AWS KMS console, see Creating asymmetric KMS keys (console).

What is the difference between a key exchange and a key agreement? ›

Many key exchange systems have one party generate the key, and simply send that key to the other party—the other party has no influence on the key. Using a key-agreement protocol avoids some of the key distribution problems associated with such systems.

What is the difference between KMS and Secrets Manager? ›

Secret Manager works well for storing configuration information such as database passwords, API keys, or TLS certificates needed by an application at runtime. A key management system, such as Cloud KMS, allows you to manage cryptographic keys and to use them to encrypt or decrypt data.

Is customer ID the user ID? ›

The first page of your cheque book has the customer ID printed on it. This is same as the user ID.

How do I generate a BitLocker recovery key? ›

Sign in as an administrator to the computer that has its startup key lost. Open Manage BitLocker. Select Duplicate start up key, insert the clean USB drive where the key will be written, and then select Save.

What if I don't have the BitLocker key? ›

If you are unable to locate a required BitLocker recovery key and are unable to revert a configuration change that might have caused it to be required, you must reset your device using one of the Windows 10 recovery options. Resetting your device removes all your files.

Can BitLocker key be hacked? ›

Most internet sites will tell you that it's not possible to get access to the data on a hard drive that is encrypted with Bitlocker, but this is not true. In December 2021 we developed a process that allows us to hack the security of Bitlocker encrypted hard drives and get access to the decrypted data.

Is it a good idea to use BitLocker? ›

A strong and reliable too for protecting data for any organization. Microsoft BitLocker is a great tool for data protection. It is used throughout our company to prevent data leakage in the event of a device is lost or stolen. BitLocker is able to detect if a device has been altered while offline.

Is BitLocker a backdoor? ›

According to Microsoft sources, BitLocker does not contain an intentionally built-in backdoor, i.e., there is no way for law enforcement to have a guaranteed passage to the data on the user's drives that is provided by Microsoft.

Can police crack BitLocker? ›

Nope. FileVault uses AES with a 256-bit key. If you did not use the option to store your key in iCloud, Apple cannot decrypt the disk. The FBI cannot decrypt the disk.

What happens if I delete BitLocker recovery key from Microsoft account? ›

If you use Bitlocker encryption, you need to have either a password or a key to restore the file. If you have deleted the Bitlocker key, you must find the backup key to unlock the file. If the key is not found, the encrypted file basically cannot be opened.

Can I skip BitLocker recovery key? ›

On the initial recovery screen, don't enter The recovery key. Instead, select Skip this drive.

How do I create a public key for encryption? ›

To generate an SSH private/public key pair for your use, you can use the ssh-keygen command-line utility. You can run the ssh-keygen command from the command line to generate an SSH private/public key pair. If you are using Windows, by default you may not have access to the ssh-keygen command.

What is a good encryption key? ›

256-bit AES is the encryption standard that is recognized and recommended by the US government, which allows three different key lengths. 256-bit keys are the longest allowed by AES. Two types of encryption algorithms can be used by the encryption key server: symmetric algorithms and asymmetric algorithms.

How many keys are required in asymmetric encryption? ›

Asymmetric cryptography uses two keys: if you encrypt with one key, you may decrypt with the other. Hashing is a one-way cryptographic transformation using an algorithm (and no key).

How are asymmetric keys generated? ›

At the heart of Asymmetric Encryption lies a cryptographic algorithm. This algorithm uses a key generation protocol (a kind of mathematical function) to generate a key pair. Both the keys are mathematically connected with each other. This relationship between the keys differs from one algorithm to another.

How are public and private keys generated? ›

Private and Public Keys

The private key (k) is a number, usually picked at random. From the private key, we use elliptic curve multiplication, a one-way cryptographic function, to generate a public key (K). From the public key (K), we use a one-way cryptographic hash function to generate a bitcoin address (A).

What is customer managed keys? ›

When a requester wants to read an object encrypted with a customer-managed encryption key, they simply access the object as they normally would. During such a request, the service agent automatically decrypts the requested object as long as: The service agent still has permission to decrypt using the key.

How are customer managed encryption keys used in Azure? ›

Customer-managed keys are stored in an Azure key vault. Azure Storage protects your data by automatically encrypting it before persisting it to the cloud. You can rely on Microsoft-managed keys for the encryption of the data in your storage account, or you can manage encryption with your own keys.

What is the difference between a key and a secret in Azure? ›

Key Vault helps you control your applications' secrets by keeping them in a single, central location and by providing secure access, permissions control, and access logging capabilities. A secret is anything that you want to tightly control access to, such as API keys, passwords, certificates, or cryptographic keys.

Is Microsoft product key same as license key? ›

6 essential facts about Microsoft product keys: A Microsoft product key is “NOT” the license. Microsoft product keys enable the product to function with full features. Product activation is not a license and is simply part of piracy deterrence.

Why does Microsoft ask for a product key? ›

Your Office 2016 might be corrupted and this could be one of the probable reason why it keeps on asking for the product key. We suggest that you run the Office repair on your computer. Kindly follow this link to run the repair. Feel free to post back should you have further concern.

Does Microsoft 365 give you a product key? ›

If you purchase Office 365 via a Microsoft account, you can view your product key on the Microsoft account, Services, and subscription page.

What is the difference between license key and activation key? ›

Activationcode: It can be used only online and be recycled. Standalone License key:It can be used offline and it is fixed to the computer on Host ID.

Can I use one product key on two computers? ›

You're allowed to reuse such a key on different computers. (However, you can't use a single license on multiple computers simultaneously.)

Is product key linked to Microsoft account? ›

Usually, when you sign in to your computer with your Microsoft account, your Windows 10 license will be linked to your account automatically. However, if you're using a local user account, you would have to submit your product key to your Microsoft account manually.

Why is Microsoft not recognizing my product key? ›

You might see this error if you entered a product key for a different edition of Windows than the edition installed on your device. You might also see this error if you previously upgraded to Windows 10, but the current edition of Windows installed on your device doesn't match the edition of your digital license.

How do I stop Microsoft asking for verification code? ›

Go to Security settings and sign in with your Microsoft account. Under the Two-step verification section, choose Set up two-step verification to turn it on, or choose Turn off two-step verification to turn it off.

How do Microsoft product keys work? ›

A product key is a 25-character code that's used to activate Windows and helps verify that Windows hasn't been used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.

How to get MS Office free for lifetime? ›

There is no lifetime license for Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365, unlike Office 2019, requires an annual or monthly subscription to get the latest versions of the Office apps, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. You will always have the latest features, new tools, security updates and bug fixes available.

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