Apple's trademark for features of the Mac OS X operating system involving encrypting computer data for security purposes

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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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Slow start up following File Vault 2 Trial on Mountain Lion

I spent a week with file vault 2 running but found the startup time of my 2012 Retina MBP was excessively slow (5+ mins on the grey apple screen after the spinning white thingo stops) along with the ...
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Turning on FileVault fails on MacBook Pro with 'disk in use by driver' error

I am trying to turn on FileVault on my retina MacBook Pro (running OS X 10.8.4), and after going through the key generation it fails with a "Disk in use by driver" error, as shown: I've got nothing ...
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Is FileVault the same as DiskUtil CoreStorage?

Is encrypting startup volume via diskutil cs convert <VOL> diskuitl cs encryptVolume <LV_UUID> the same thing as going Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault > Turn ...
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Will use of FireVault reduce lifetime of SSD?

I want to setup my FileVault in Retina MacBook Pro 13. Will it reduce lifetime of my SSD a lot?
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How can I get files off of a Mac when the display is broken?

I need to get files off of my mac, and SSH and RDP are both disabled. My screen is broken, and my SSD is encrypted by FileVault. Now, I do have one advantage: An external monitor. However, it will ...
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File Vault 2 and ssh

I am considering enabling File Vault 2 on my Macbook Pro, which frequently stays at work overnight, and which I often need to log into remotely using ssh. What are the ramifications of using File ...
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Is “suspend-to-disk” memory dump encrypted when using FileVault2?

I am conserned about cold-boot attacks on my full disc encrypted (filevault2) laptop. Therefore I am wondering if the memory image dump to /var/vm/sleepimage is encrypted before it is saved to disk? ...
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FileVault & multiple admin users' privacy

Using FileVault 2, when connecting a disk in target mode, the disk is locked and can only be unlocked by users authorised to do so. However, once it is unlocked, all contents are accessible to the ...
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CoreStorage: what does LVG status 'offline' and PV status 'checking' mean and how can it be fixed?

I converted a partition to a CoreStorage volume using this command: sudo diskutil cs convert disk0s2 -passphrase test123 Now when I run `diskutil cs list' the output shows that I still only have a ...
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Is there a way to recover a disk when File Vault is used?

I'm trying to restore a crashed hard drive. Using Softtote Data Recovery for Mac, I have recovered 8000+ files. I can't use any of them. Brainstorming with the user, he forgot that he has File Vault ...
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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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Is FileVault 2 + SSD + OverProvisioning possible?

As the title says, could someone accomplish this? I couldn't. FileVault 2 wizard tells me that the disk isn't compatible with it. I have only 3 partitions on main disk, and Recovery HD was cloned ...
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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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If I turn on FileVault for a TimeMachine drive, are previous backups encrypted

I have been running TimeMachine for a couple of months, but just now decided to encrypt my backups. Having ticked the box for encryption for my backup drive, TimeMachine nows says I have no previous ...
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Accessing my old FileVault2 encrypted drive from my new SSD

I'm almost ready to mount my new Crucial M4 SSD into my MBP Unibody13" and move my old HDD into an Optibay caddy. (Finally, thanks to an Amazon's discount..) I would like to install a fresh Mountain ...
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Slow login (Active Directory User + Filevault2) - Mountain Lion

Two of our users have been getting this weird issue where their login to the computer seem to take "ages". The issue seems to go away if you turn off FileVault. However we need to keep FileVault on, ...
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Unable to login after accidentally powering down laptop as FileVault decryption of HDD was running

I had turned off FileVault on my FileVault-encrypted HDD. While the HDD was decrypted, I accidentally powered down my laptop interrupting that decryption process. When I subsequently rebooted, I am ...
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unable to boot my Mac book after file vault 2 activation

after activation of file vault 2 I am unable to boot my computer, the apple sign turns into a prohibitory sign with a spinning circle beneath it , that spins forever. I really need the data on this ...
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VNC (screen sharing) stopped worked after enabling filevault2

I used to vnc into my Mac mini (late 2012 model) with my MacBook Pro (mid 2011) before I enabled filevault2. Both macs are running mountain lion at this point. I can no longer screen share with my Mac ...
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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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Mountain Lion on brand new MacBook Air gives warning that it's using Legacy FileVault?

I set up FileVault a month ago on this new machine. Everything seemed to be working fine. But now when I go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy>FileVault when logged into a Mobile ...
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Is it possible to enable Legacy FileVault for a network user?

I am running Mac OS X 10.8 Server with File Sharing and Open Directory providing home directories to network users, so when users log in their home directory is automatically mounted over AFP. Is it ...
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Is the Guest account a security risk with full disk encryption on Mountain Lion?

I have File Vault 2 full-disk encryption enabled on my 2012 MacBook Air running Mountain Lion. By default it also has a "Guest" Safari-only account available. I just tried it the other day and found ...
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Switch from sleep to hibernate after set time

Is there a way to set a MacBook Pro (10.8.2) to go into normal sleep when I close the case but then switch to hibernation after, say, 15 minutes? It's clearly capable of going from sleep to hibernate ...
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I enabled FileVault, now my desktop background reverts to stock at each reboot?

I'm on a Mid 2012 MBP with Mountain Lion. I recently enabled FileVault on my boot SSD drive as well as encrypted my other hard drive I put into the optical bay. So far, so good. However, each time I ...
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Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume?

At work, I said to my colleague that it was not possible to enable Filevault on a RAID volume. He was surprised and asked me the technical reason. So I would like to know. It's strange because ...
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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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When will I use the FileVault 2 recovery key?

I enabled FileVault 2 on my Mac, and I remember that it gave me a recovery key. When will I use this recovery key?
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Mountain Lion - Are these different ways of encrypting a Time machine backup equivalent?

I just setup two backup drives for time machine in two different ways: 1) By clicking the "encrypted" checkbox in the time machine dialogue. After fininshing the backup, it spent a long time saying ...
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SSD boot drive does not work only on primary drive slot

I have the following very strange problem with my 13″ early-2011 MacBook Pro. The disk configuration is as follows: Primary slot - FileVault 2 encrypted 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Secondary slot - the ...
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What steps can I take to recover data from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot volume that won't boot and is stuck in “converting” status?

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8 on a 500GB (upgraded from original) 1-2 year old hard drive. The drive was encrypted with FileVault2, and the system was running fine a few months ago until ...
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Active Directory and FileVault

Is there a way to set up users on Mountain Lion to be available in the FileVault boot screen if the users are Active Directory users managed through Quest Authentication Services (QAS)? I would like ...
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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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Cannot wake Mountain Lion from safe sleep

I have a late-2010 MacBook Air on which I am running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 with FileVault 2 enabled. When I try to wake it from safe sleep: the panel is backlit but nothing is displayed; the ...
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Turn off encryption on filevault2 second HDD

I have an Early 2011 MBP on which I installed an SSD (in the SuperDrive's bay). After that I enabled FileVault2 encryption on both the SSD (which has the ML 1.8.2 install) and on the original HDD ...
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How long would it take for FileVault to encrypt my Retina Macbook Pro?

I have a Retina Macbook Pro with the following specifications : Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.2 Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 - 500 GB Flash Storage 286.83 GB of 499.42 ...
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For maximum FileVault2 security, why is hibernation recommended?

Many discussions of FileVault 2 security suggest using: sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 hibernatemode 25 Some of those discussion state that FileVault keys are stored in RAM during normal ...
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macbook pro with filevault loses startup disk

My MBP (13inch, late 2011) sometimes loses it's startup disk when I have powered it off by holding the power button for 10 seconds. Not every time, but one time out of 5. (See my other question on my ...
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identify if Filevault is enabled on remote Mac

I need to do remote checks to verify OSX has filevault enabled. When you enable filevault, does it create / change something on the HDD that I can check for on VPN login using my posture assessment ...
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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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Is replacing HDD by SSD worth it with Core 2 Duo and Filevault2 enabled

Will I see some speed improvment by replacing the original 5400-rpm with a SSD on a MBP Core2Duo with Filevault2 enabled? Or it is a waste of money? I ask this question because I know Filevault tend ...
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How can I encrypt a large external drive?

I am using a LaCie 3 TB internal drive in a Sharkoon Quickport. The dock is USB 3 and I'm on a retina MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion. The drive is encrypted with TrueCrypt. OS X won't format the ...
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Account on Mac restored from Time Machine has FileVault turned off

My Mac book pro was stolen. ML 10.8.2. I successfully restored all system from Time Machine backup. I remember having turned on FileVault on my user account on original system. But on restored system ...
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FileVault unlock startup screen

I don't want anybody turning on my Mac seeing my name and user account picture (all user account configured on the computer, actually!) just because it defaults to choosing a user to unlock the drive. ...
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Large drives and FileVault/TimeMachine on Mountain Lion

Trying to use a 3TB disk for my backups, still running into what seems to be a known issue with "block sizes". When will this be fixed or how can I fix it myself before a downstream update?
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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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Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain

If I stop the backup it says: "now encrypting...", is the data saved "not encrypted" before being encrypted? Can I make it "always encrypted"? Non-encrypted transfers are a problem for me.
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How can I customize the background of the FileVault login screen in 10.8? [duplicate]

I've successfully changed the background image for OS X login screen, but cannot do it for the FileVault login screen. This makes sense as the contents of the disk are still encrypted at that point ...
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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 ...