Enable/Disable FIPS policy in windows machine.

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How to Enable/Disable FIPS policy in windows machine.


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Opkey On-Premise and Cloud versions


What Is FIPS-compliant Encryption?


FIPS stands for “Federal Information Processing Standards.” It’s a set of government standards that define how certain things are used in the government–for example, encryption algorithms. FIPS defines certain specific encryption methods that can be used and methods for generating encryption keys. It’s published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST.

The setting in Windows complies with the US government FIPS 140 standard. When it’s enabled, it forces Windows to only use FIPS-validated encryption schemes and advises applications to do so, as well.

“FIPS mode” doesn’t make Windows more secure. It just blocks access to newer cryptography schemes that haven’t been FIPS-validated. That means it won’t be able to use new encryption schemes, or faster ways of using the same encryption schemes. In other words, it makes your computer slower, less functional, and arguably less secure.


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