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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Cross Platform GUI-compatible Encryption

I am looking for an encryption tool that is completely cross platform - effectively like FileVault or BitLocker but compatible with both operating systems. My use case is that I'd like to encrypt a ...
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MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) uses h/w encryption?

I have a LaCie 2big, connected via Thunderbolt 2. When I select as a disk-partition MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), does that uses some type of hardware encryption or is it all software?
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decrypting FileVault2 WDE seems stuck, how to unstick?

This is happening on an MBP Mid2010 running Mac OS X 10.9.3 I have been using FileVault2 full-disk encryption for several years now; however, I needed to decrypt to repartition the disk for BootCamp. ...
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Encrypted external drive usually prompts for password, despite being in keychain

I have an external encrypted drive, and almost every time I plug it in, it'll ask me for the password, even though it's already in my keychain. If I type the password in, it'll mount as expected. ...
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Files encrypted in a folder - how to reverse it?

I've been playing with a computer game (Kerbal Space Program, OS X 10.9.3) and recently found that I can no longer load saved games (missions). I contacted the tech support and all they could say is ...
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Macbook pro early 2013 throws contents RAM away

I have a MacBook Pro early 2013, running OSX mavericks and filevault(encryption) is enabled. After a (I suspect) update, the locking behavior has been different. When the screen gets locked ...
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Encrypting a PDF during Hazel processing

I've created an Automator Workflow which can take the selected Finder item (being a PDF) and encrypt it using the Apple-provided "Encrypt PDF Documents" action. The problem with this action is it ...
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Is there a way to require USB drives that are connect a Mac OS X to be encrypted?

I have a customer who is concerned that the staff might be using USB drives to move data around. They would like to require that these drives are encrypted with TrueCrypt or other method. Is there a ...
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Can I enable hardware-based full disk encryption on the Windows side of a bootcamp install?

I am running a MBP with a partitioned Samsung 840 EVO SSD. I want to encrypt both the OS X and Windows partitions. It looks like using the SSD's built-in hardware full disk encryption on the OS X side ...
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Recover Time Machine without the password

I'm having a issue with a Time Machine backup made on an external USB drive. The TM backup is encrypted and I can't remember the password … Does anybody know a tool to brute force the password ? (I ...
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Is S/MIME in iOS 7 buggy?

I recently imported my S/MIME certificate into iOS 7. I am able to read signed/encrypted message sent from my mac to the iPhone. BUT I am UNABLE to send signed / encrypted mails from the iPhone. ...
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Is there a way to force ssh tunneling to be required for Screen Sharing

I have enabled Remote Management on a mac. Everything works fine when I connect from another mac using Apple's Remote Desktop app. However, I also want to have a client on a windows machine. In that ...
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Does encrypting Time Machine erase the recovery partition?

I have prepared my external hard drive to be used for Time Machine backup by erasing and creating a new working recovery partition on it. I am ready to start the first backup, which I want to be ...
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Is there a PGP/GPG Plugin for TextWrangler?

Is there a PGP/GPG plugin for TextWrangler? If so, what is it called and how do I go about downloading and installing it?
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Brute Force on Whole Disk Encryption

I'm helping someone that changed their password (Thanks to corporate policy) and then forgot what they set it to. They remember the first part so I would not need to completely brute force it. I was ...
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Password protected video

I want to protect my instructional video with a password. There is a use case. When a user wants to play an encrypted file, the encrypted file will pop up a dialog box to request the user to enter a ...
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Whole disk encryption with a Windows only Bootcamp

I've purchased myself a Mac Book Pro Retina (Haswell) and after giving Mac OS a fair shake have decided to go full Windows 7 and Bootcamp. There is no Mac OS install left on this system. I am now ...
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Encrypt backups

Is it better to encrypt the hard drive you will use for Time Machine backup with Disk Utility or with Time Machine itself? I have noticed the the dialogue is slightly different, wherein Disk Utility a ...
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How do I enable A5/3 cellular encryption on an iPhone or iPad?

I want to only connect to A5/3 networks to prevent MITM attacks on my cellular data. I'm not concerned if the attacker is the mobile operator themselves.. (assuming that mobile operator can't be ...
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Is it safe to eject my timemachine backup whilst its decrypting?

I encrypted my Time Machine backup (A Western Digital 2tb external drive) then realised that Airport wont mount the backup over wifi, so am currently decrypting the drive (via Disk Utility). I found ...
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FusionDrive + Encrypted CoreStorage Volume - Problems writing to volume

Has anyone had experience with encrypted (home made!) FusionDrive volumes and intermittent failure of writes to this disk? I'm on a Late 2011 MBP 13" with (currently) 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD and a 750 ...
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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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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 ...