the process of converting information using an algorithm (or cipher) to render the information unreadable to anyone who doesn't have the algorithm (also known as a key)

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How can I get Apple mail or Outlook 2011 to look up SMIME encryption certificates for users?

I want the ability to lookup an encryption certificate for SMIME in Outlook for recipients who have SMIME certs, but I just don't have their public key. I noticed the keychain has a directory ...
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How can I fix a Mac OS X Mail SMIME issue that's happening after renewing my certificate

I just renewed my SMIME email certificate after the previous one expired. Now any new mail I write in Mail.app simply disappears after I close and reopen Mail.app. They are not deleted (Trash or in ...
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How boxcryptor works and possible free alternatives

In this post Patrix suggested the use of Boxcryptor for encrypting data stored in cloud servers, e.g. Dropbox or Google Drive. How does it work? Does it create a copy, encrypted copy of the file and ...
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Timemachine backups on encrypted volume: What does 'decrypting' message mean?

I backup files on an encrypted volume with Timemachine (external disk, USB). The backup itself is not additionally encrypted. I noticed little message infos in the GUI window about "decrypting the ...
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GUI PGP / GnuPG application

I encrypt all of my documents before storing them in the cloud with GnuPG. My wife needs access to the documents, but running gpg -d foo.pdf.gpg at the command line is annoying to her. Does anyone ...
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Create backup iPhone with forgotten encryption password

I'm trying to make a backup from my iPhone, however it's set to be password protected. I do now know the password, as I've never set one. I've tried all the passwords I know, which I've ever used to ...
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Cannot decrypt GPG file after installing GPG Suite from GPG Tools

I have installed GPG Suite by GPG Tools on my Mac. I sent my public key to my associate, who encrypted a file and sent it to me. The file, myfile.gpg is now sitting on my desktop and I'm told by my ...
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Why can't I paste into the password dialog when mounting an encrypted disk image?

I've got an encrypted disk sparse bundle disk image and I've used fstab with the right UUID to mount it someplace other than /Volumes. What I would like is to just dbl-click on it, enter the password ...
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Truecrypt error: the OSXFUSE file system is not available (255)

My truecrypt files were mounting fine until today when I tried to mount it and I got the error: the OSXFUSE file system is not available (255). The weird thing is I honestly don't know what I could ...
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“Encrypt backups” disabled for Time Machine on Mavericks; due to partition?

I picked up an external hard drive a while back and have been using it for Time Machine back-ups. Recently I thought to confirm that the disk is encrypted so that it won't be useful if someone nicks ...
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Is there anything missing in an encrypted iPhone backup?

As far as I understand iOS Security, Oct. 12, an encrypted backup via iTunes also backs up the keychain of the device. While I recognize that some elements might not be restorable onto a different ...
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Is it possible to reset FileVault password in recovery mode?

I have problems with my startup volume, and it's encrypted with FileVault. I don't remember the pasword, but have the recovery key. Is it possible to reset the password?
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Explanation for Ridiculously Slow Copy Speed

I am backing up data files from one encrypted image to another. They're text files ranging in size from a few hundred kilobytes to a few megabytes. The process has become excruciatingly slow and is ...
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Locked Hard Drive

For some reason a recent reboot resulted in a startup screen with a circle with a slash icon instead of the regular Apple icon. What I tried: Using internet Recovery I used disk utility to fix ...
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How is the System Keychain secured in OS X?

I'm looking for something either like this security white paper for iOS except for OS X or even better, some kind of security audit report from an independent expert. After reading through ...
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Email encryption options on an iPhone

I've started taking security more seriously lately. (Why only now you may ask? Because I'm a trusting fool that's why.) I've now got emails signing automatically and encrypting where I have their key. ...
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Is a hardware-based full disk encryption possible on a Mac?

Is it possible to use hardware-based full disk encryption (perhaps on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD) on a Mac, specifically a Macbook Pro 8,2? If so, how? My understanding is that this will be handled in the ...
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Restore FileVault recovery key

I want to mount my (non-bootable) firevault encrypted drive on linux. I know the user-facing password to decrypt it, but not the recovery key. From what I've read, I assume that the recovery key is ...
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Secure access to data while retaining convenience and performance

I am looking for a convenient solution to the following problem: I have some large data (tens of GB) that resides on the hard drive of a Mac. Access to the data needs to be restricted so even users ...
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How can i enable Time Machine encryption on the command line?

Is is possible to enable encryption for a Time Machine target disk with a script/using the command line? Is an encrypted Time Machine disk really just the same as a normal disk, full-disk-encrypted ...
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How can I clear the kernel extension caches while using FileVault 2?

I have the same problem as this user, Air + Lion : plug in USB, keyboard/pad stop working , where the built-in keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro stop working (and drop out of the USB devices ...
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Can't create an encrypted disk image (permission denied)

I am trying to create a new blank disk image from the Disk Utility and when I select any kind of encryption and click on 'Create', it says it is unable to create the image because of 'permission ...
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Can a FileVault-encrypted partition be accessed using a password I supplied during OS X install?

I have a MacBook (Retina, Mid 2012 if it's relevant) which I installed Mountain Lion onto, creating one user account only (an Admin account). There is a Guest User, marked for "Sharing Only". The hard ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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How do I erase an encrypted TimeMachine drive on Mountain Lion if I've forgotten the password?

My question is similar to this question. I have a USB drive that contains an old encrypted backup. I don't remember the password and don't care about loosing the backup - I just want to be able to use ...
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What's the difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting my disk from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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Encryption on USB - Mac & Windows partitions

I have a 64GB USB stick which I want to use on both my (Mountain Lion) iMac and my (work) Windows 7 laptop. I don't want to or need to share files across platforms and require the following ...
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Encrypt TimeMachine backups or rely on hardware encryption?

I'm thinking of purchasing a portable disk drive that supports hardware encryption (most of them seem to do these days). However, if I'm using such a drive can should I still encrypt my TimeMachine ...
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Are the files in an encrypted dmg actually in plain text on the hard disk

It seems standard to use Disk Utility to create an encrypted disk image. I would like to know how secure this is. I can imagine that the "encrypted" files are not really encrypted at all, and continue ...
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Can't encrypt external hard drive

I'm trying to encrypt an external drive of mine using Apple's built in drive encryption tool into OS X through Finder. The drive is formatted as Mac OS Extended(Journaled) and I'm plugging the drive ...
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S/MIME Self-signed certificate problem on iOS

I am using S/MIME self-signed certificates for email encryption across iOS and OS X. Creating the certificates and installing them (including the CA) worked perfectly. Also using them on OS X worked ...
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Fastest encryption configuration for Parallels Desktop 9 running a software development environment

I have a 2.8ghz quad-core 2013 MacBook Pro with 16gb RAM and a 768gb SSD running OSX Mavericks. I run Windows 7 under Parallels Desktop 9 to do Windows development. I would like to encrypt this data ...
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Copy/Migrate FileVault 2 encrypted hard drive

I'm running OS X Mavericks and have the entire hard drive encrypted with FileVault 2. I intend to upgrade to a larger hard drive (actually an SSD). In the past when not using FileVault, I used Carbon ...
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How to set up ZEVO / ZFS on an internal disk while maintaining full disk encryption?

It seems that it's currently impossible to have the entire boot drive converted to ZFS. How would one go about converting a single disk HFS+ Filevault 2 setup into a setup which has full encryption ...
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Application to encrypt and sync folders with iCloud

I'm looking for an application (or method) to encrypt&sync selected files and folders with my iCloud account. It should detect changes in my files & folders and automatically encrypt and sync ...
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Encrypting sensitive data on Mac + Windows

I've been a long-time Windows user, using a utility called AxCrypt to encrypt sensitive documents which holded sensitive info (bank passwords, credit card numbers, etc). I had an encrypted Excel ...
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OpenPGP encryption of mails in Mountain Lion

I've been trying to find out any way to OpenPGP encrypt mails while sending from Apple Mail or any other email app in Mountain Lion. GPGTools' GPGMail is not yet ready for Mountain Lion. MailMate ...
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How can ZFS be used with encryption on OS X?

Ideals: protection of home directories should be better than in Lion (for multiple administrators: FileVault 2 alone is less secure than FileVault 1) resizing a file system should be simple and ...
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Automounting & fix permissions for home folder on encrypted sparse bundle?

For security on a shared machine, I've moved my entire home folder to an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I then set my User settings home folder to the image. But along the way, I believe ...
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How can I wipe an encrypted volume when the password is forgotten?

I have encrypted disk volume that is in the way and the passphrase is gone. How can I erase the contents and reuse the disk space?
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How to send S/MIME encrypted mails from iOS with attachment?

I can only send encrypted mails if I start the mail app directly. But if I try to send a mail from the image gallery, the mails are neither signed nor encrypted (and I can't find a way to enable ...
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Verify Time Machine Encryption from the Command-Line?

Is it possible to verify whether a given Time Machine volume (for example, returned by tmutil machinedirectory) has encryption turned on? This is for regulatory compliance, so it needs to be fully ...
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How to set up encrypted Time Machine backups to a remote drive?

I have an external drive which I used to do encrypted TM backups to, via a direct USB connection (i.e. the entire drive became encrypted - Lion). I would like to switch to wireless backups but ...
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What is the s/mime encryption strength on iOS?

I've set up S/MIME on my iPhone, but unlike other mail clients, I'm not given the option to select the hash or encryption algorithms. I assume iOS makes this decision for me. Can anyone tell me what ...
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Can I use an encrypted disk image for my home folder?

At work, several people use my machine. Can I set my home folder to be inside an ecrypted disk image? How would it work as far as mounting/unmounting whenever I log in/out?
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iPad DropBox client side encryption

I have just gotten the New IPad - my first foray into the world of Apple. I'm eager to make the most of it that I can, for both personally and for work. In order for me to be able to use it for ...
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Is Time Machine encryption stuck or just taking long?

I have a 2TB, single-partitioned (HFS+) external drive which I connected to my MacBook Pro (10.8.4 Mountain Lion) for the first time. It prompted me if I wanted to use it as a Time Machine backup, and ...
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Forgot my password to a disk image (.sparseimage)

I'm in trouble right now. I used Disk Utility to create a sparse image and I cannot remember the password, when I created the file I didn't select to remember in keychain. Now, I try to enter the ...
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Mail.app : What do the padlock icons mean?

If I encrypt an email with S/MIME an icon showing a CLOSED padlock is displayed under "Security". However, if I encrypt using OpenPGP it's an OPEN padlock icon. Both are followed by the word ...
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Data Leak Prevention software for mac OSX

We are using a software in window environment which provides the following feature to prevent a data leak. This software is protecting a folder which contains a lot of AI and PS file in window ...