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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Should I have turned off Legacy FileVault before using FileVault 2 on Lion?

I've been happily using Legacy FileVault on my Macbook since I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion. Today, I decided to switch to FileVault 2 and went ahead and clicked the "Turn On FileVault" button. ...
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How can I use FileVault encryption and still track my laptop if stolen

I've spent quite some time over the last few days trying to work out how I can combine the clear data security advantages of encrypting my machine with FileVault 2 under Lion, and the theft-recovery ...
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Convenient way to store sensitive information on Mac/iPad?

Currently I keep an obscurely-named text file on my hard drive which contains things like bank account and credit card details, various passwords, PINs, and other bits of sensitive/confidential ...
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How to backup an encrypted Core Storage volume off-site?

Given a hard disk with an encrypted Core Storage volume (but not the decryption password, because the backup service should not have access to that), how would one go about backing it up in a way that ...
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How can I recover the key of an encrypted hard-drive?

I still have access to the disc, but I lost the piece of paper with the key. Can I somehow recover it? I already had a look into Keychain Access Utility, but I couldn’t find it.
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Tools to compress and encrypt files

I want to compress several files and encrypt them with a password if possible. Are there any build-in tools in Mac OS that provide such functionality? If not, can you recommend me a (freeware) ...
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why would keychain access silently discard an S/MIME X.509 certificate?

A co-worker sent me some S/MIME signed email. With anyone else who has done this, the certificate has shown up in my login keychain. Not so with his. I wrote out the attached p7s file, and verified ...
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iPhone backup encryption with password cannot be disabled

Hi have backups which encrypted with passwords and i know the backup password, i can restore it. There is not any problem. But i want to disable encrypting backup with password, here is the problem. ...
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How can I reformat a drive that contains an encrypted volume?

After OS X 10.7 came out with its disk-encryption features, I encrypted an empty USB thumb drive just for grins. I never used it, and eventually decided to reformat it as a normal drive for use with ...
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How do I format an encrypted Integral Secure Key?

I just bought an Integral Secure Key from the Apple store but am fed up with having to use its own software just to transfer files to it as it does not appear as a normal USB drive in Finder. How can ...
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iOS 5 now encrypts my text message backup?

I've always used MesaSQLite to open the SQLite database that stores my iPhone's text messages. I've also used python's sqlite3 module to programmatically do some things with my text messages. After I ...
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Should time machine backups be encrypted

I am new to the Mac and was setting up my Time Machine. However, it seems Time Machine also backs up information in the keychain. I was wondering if that means I should use an encrypted disk to store ...
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Use OpenSSL in Automator Application? [duplicate]

I want to make an application that's in the same directory as a file: message.txt.enc If you open the app you should be prompted with a password dialogue. this should be used to decrypt the file AND ...
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protecting keychain data when using Time Machine

I plan to use Time Machine to back up by data. If the backup is not encrypted, can someone with access to the TimeMachine disk access my keychain passwords? Do they at least need to know my system ...
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Encrypt Folders [duplicate]

I seem to remember there being an option to encrypt my entire file system which I passed on but is there a way to just encrypt a folder / directory the way you can on Linux?
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MBR-partitioned HDD: How to encrypt Time Machine backup?

I'm giving my external HDD to a friend tomorrow for a few days. It's partitioned via Master Boot Record and there are two partitions: a NTFS partition and my Time Machine partition. I don't want him ...
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Automator service for encrypting or decrypting with openssl

Can I create two Automator services that allow me to encrypt or decrypt files? So I would right click a file and click 'Encrypt', the .txt file would be encrypted to a .enc using openssl: ...
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Can I use an HFS+ usb disk with encryption enabled with a Time Capsule (2TB is mine)

I have a 2TB Time Capsule (version 7.6.1) and I want to connect a USB disk formatted as HFS+ with encryption enabled (on MAC OS X Mountain Lion). When I connect it directly to my iMac, it asks for a ...
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Split an Apple-supplied Fusion Drive back into two separate volumes?

Is it possible to take an Apple factory-created Fusion Drive and downgrade it into two separate volumes? I understand this would also necessitate reinstalling the OS and Recovery Partition etc. The ...
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What is the Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) volume encryption standard?

I have found countless blogs and tutorials how to encrypt an external drive using Mac's extended journaled encrypted format, but I couldn't find anybody stating the standard behind it. I know that ...
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I have an encrypted disk. How do I customize the Guest shell that is offered when I boot?

I have an encrypted disk and when I boot I'm offered the ability to log in as a guest and get a Safari only shell. This appears to be different from the guest account that is offered in the login ...
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Open an encrypted HDD/USB on Leopard?

Is it possible to access an external HDD or USB drive encrypted on Lion, through a Mac running Leopard? In other words, is FileVault 2 encryption on volumes/partitions backwards compatible? (It ...
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Need application that use FIPS 140-2 encryption libraries

I want send email in secure way. Do you have any recommendation?
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iPhone encrypted backup password forgotten [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I forgot my local backup password to unlock the iPhone backup file I have forgotten the password used to encrypt my iPhone 4 iOS 6.0.1 backup. Is there any way to ...
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How do I generate cryptographically random numbers on OSX?

I need to generate several cryptographically random numbers in OSX and save it to a text file. How should I go about doing this?
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How can I better understand iCloud security for 1Password data?

My understanding is iCloud uses server-side encryption of customer data. I am no expert but what about the data e.g. of an app like 1Password which can syncs very sensitive user data to many devices ...
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Mac OS X Server: automount encrypted drive before login

I have a 4TB Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) hard drive hanging off a Mac OS X Lion (soon to be Mountain Lion) Server that is dedicated to networked Time Machine backups. I'd like to be able ...
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The encryption of an external drive in 10.7.5 does not seem to work. “Conversion Status: NoConversion”

On a Mac running OS X Lion 10.7.5 I have attempted to encrypt an external drive using Disk Utility. Since this is 10.7, there is no option of right-clicking to encrypt in Finder. Also, there's no ...
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Lost Time Machine Password - Unable to Format Disk

I lost my password to my Time Machine backup. It's on a Seagate FreeAgent USB drive. I don't mind losing the data, I just can't figure out how to format the drive. I found this thread, however, the ...
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Apple Push Notifications SSL Error

The APNS worked fine for various month until few weeks. Every time we send Push Notifications the connection aborts with the following error: PHP Warning: fwrite(): SSL operation failed with code ...
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What options do we have to keeping our hard drive secure in case of theft?

If you have work files on your laptop that are sensitive, what measures can you take to keep things secure? is it possible to encrypt the entire drive?
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What's better? Truecrypt or Encrypted disk image?

I need to secure some work on my laptop and an encrypted disk image fits the bill. I don't need to hide the file (diskimage) just the contents. I like a sparse disk image since it will expand as I add ...
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How to tweak boot time by disabling apple kexts (including cryptography related ones)?

Initially, I am running OSX Mountain Lion on a mid 2010 6,2 MBP. I wanted to enhance my boot time a little, maybe by disabling some official apple kexts. Has anyone played with that, knowing which ...
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How to re-encrypt a decrypted partition that says “The Core Storage-targetvolume is already encrypted”?

I encrypted a Lion partition called "Storage" and it worked perfectly. I needed to decrypt it momentarily because I had some issues, but now I want to encrypt the same volume again and it says "The ...
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Can I have an Encrypted Partition in a 2 Partitions USB Stick?

I have a new 16Gb USB key and want to take advantage of Disk Utilities feature to encrypt it, however I do need to move data from Mac to Windows from time to time. Is is it possible to have one FAT ...
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Encrypt existing unencrypted Time Capsule backup

Since Mountain Lion Time Capsule can now backup to encrypted sparsebundles. This is great and easy to setup for new backup locations, just select 'encrypt backups'. However, I have backups for around ...
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iOS and AES encryption

I have been searching for a diary/journal application for the iPad that will encrypt the contents of the journal. Though there is no shortage of journal and note taking apps I have yet to find one ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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Time machine encrypted backups [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain During a Time Machine backup, is the backed up data at any time unencrypted? If yes: can I disable that at the cost, ...
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How to make an expanding compressed encrypted disk image?

I'd like the following setup: A DMG file sits on my HD, taking up only the space of the contents, or perhaps only the space of the contents compressed. If I double-click on it, I need to give a ...
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FileVault 2 gives “boot file not written” error

I'm trying to enable FileVault 2 in Mountain Lion, but a few steps into the process of turning on the encryption I get the error "Boot file not written" and the encryption fails to succeed. Anyone ...
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Why is my “Encrypt backups” option greyed out for local (USB) time machine disc?

I'm using Mountain Lion on a new MacBook Pro (retina) with a local USB drive for backup. From what I've read searching around (including other questions on here) I should be able to encrypt my time ...
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Jailbreak and iOS 'hardware encrypted' data

My understanding of reading apple security document below http://images.apple.com/ipad/business/pdf/iPad_Security_Overview.pdf is that using iphone4s or ipad3, and setting a complex passcode, the ...
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Why is my Legacy FileVault image larger than the physical disk?

I'm still running Snow Leopard and recently enabled FileVault on my home directory. I noticed that the OS X thinks my home directory is 1TB, which is strange because the hard disk in my laptop is ...
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encrypted time machine backups to a single external hdd from more than one mbp

I am planning to get a external HDD for time machine backups for 2 macbook pros. Can both of them backup to the same HDD Can the disk be time machine encrypted and still be accessible to both?
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Is FileVault distinct from Finder's “Encrypt …” command?

I'm confused by the variety of methods for encrypting drives in Mountain Lion. There are at least four methods, FileVault in System Preferences; Finder's "Encrypt..." command; Disk Utility's "Erase" ...
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Does iCloud use client-side encryption?

I would like to know if iCloud uses client-side encryption i.e. all data is encrypted on client side and even Apple can't decrypt the data and read it. Is this true for iCloud?
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How can I encrypt photos on an iPhone 3GS/4?

How can I encrypt photo files on my iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 with a password and without any quality loss? Is there an app for that?
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Advised setup for: Parallels, Time Machine, Security, Windows 7, and MS Visual Studio 2010

I just bought the latest MacBook Air 13". I run Parallels with Windows 7, but I'm running out of disk space quickly. So, I'm now considering moving the VM to an external hard drive. With that I want ...
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FileVault (CoreStorage) + Linux partition

Quick question here. I'm not really familiar with the requirements of CoreStorage so I'd like to confirm with you guys before I start working. I'm currently running OSX Lion on my MacBook Air, with ...