Device encryption

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  1. Grumpy2

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    Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. I purchased an Surface pro 3 i7/256 last Friday (Sept 19) and so far all is good except for the pen which came with the device. Although I bought this device from a retail outlet, Microsoft Australia replaced the pen, no questions asked and rather speedily as well.
    Being completely new to Windows 8.1 pro (presently use Win XP and win 7) I am unfamiliar with the software and am still coming to grips with it. Now my question is: When I go into settings/PC and Devices/PC info down the bottom of the page there is a heading: Device Encryption. Under this it says in red "You need a Microsoft account to finish encrypting this device". Just below that there is a box which says "turn off". Now as I am a home user only is it safe for me to turn encryption off as, quite frankly, I am not interested in encrypting my device. This might be fine for business users but not for me. So far I have not signed in with an Microsoft Account and will not be doing so until I have received some advice from you guys who know a lot more about this than I do.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    You can turn it off, there is no problem doing that if you don't need encryption. You can do this even after logging in in your Microsoft account.
     
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    Thanks for that. That is what I was hopping for. Encryption is something that I am not interested in at all. I appreciate your help.
     
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    You should really create a Microsoft account. I think you're restricted from downloading from the online store without one.
     
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    I do have a Microsoft account and have registered my SPro 3 with Microsoft.
    My question is: do I have to encrypt the device? I do not want to change from a local account to a Microsoft account at this stage for fear of encrypting the device. All I need to know is it safe to hit the "turn off" button so that encryption does not happen. Have used encryption in the past and it is a pain in the backside. I would prefer not the have my device encrypted.
     
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    The encryption is completely transparent. I doubt most people even know it on. its nothing like using PGP.
     

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