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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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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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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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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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Not enough space to migrate from Legacy FileVault to FileVault 2

When I try to change from using Legacy FileVault to the new FileVault in Lion, it says that I don't have enough disk space. What are my options besides having to delete bunch of files? (20 GB in my ...
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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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Apart from being able to encypt an entire volume, what are the other differences of FileVault 2 over FileVault?

Does FileVault 2 in Lion have any other differences compared to the old version, FileVault in previous releases of the system? Are there any additional benefits to using the new version?
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Time Machine fails to backup FileVault home directory on logout

I am using FileVault to encrypt my home directory, and Time Machine for backups. This is a typical workflow: I am logged on. I plug in the USB hard disk drive that I am using for my Time Machine ...
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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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Is the performance of Lion + SSD + Filevault2 good enough for a system primarily used for application developemnt?

I'm looking to buy a MacBook Pro w/ SSD. I was wondering if anyone out there has noticed any significant performance drop with FileVault2 enabled for the following tasks: Small (under 2 GB) ...
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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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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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Does Sophos Antivirus work correctly on Lion with (legacy) FileVault enabled?

Some time ago, I installed Sophos Antivirus on my Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and came up against the "computer stops responding after reboot, with Sophos Antivirus installed and FileVault ...
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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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Disk Utility Error “Storage system verify or repair failed”

Installed Lion on a brand new HDD. Boots fine, but when I run Disk Utility on the Media, it reports Verifying partition map for “WDC WD10JPVT-16A1YT0 Media” Checking prerequisites Checking the ...
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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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Will FileVault reduce the power of my hybrid SSD+HDD?

I have a MacBook with a Momentus XT hybrid SSD+HDD drive. It have a 500GB HDD plus 4GB SSD which, as I could check, it uses as a cache for read operations. It uses some kind of black magic to ...
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“Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi” in Time Machine backups

I've noticed the error "Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=-50 "Could not find any Apple_Boot corresponding to the encrypted volume..." ...
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How does Apple's Power Nap interact with File Vault?

If a machine is periodically waking up to check for updates with Power Nap, does this also mean the disk encryption keys are always in RAM? If so, this makes a DMA attack against a "sleeping" Mac ...
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Web Sharing does not work with FileVault?

I want to use both Web Sharing and FileVault however when I turned on FileVault, my home directory Sites folder came up in the browser as permission denied, even though the Unix permissions were 777, ...
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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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Presence of a Linux partition causes FileVault2 setup to fail

I'm currently dual booting Mountain Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 on a rMBP. Everything works fine, but enabling FileVault fails with the error message: "Some information was unavailable during an internal ...
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Are “ejected” drives still unlocked?

If I eject an encrypted (with FileVault) drive in Mountain Lion, has it been locked, or is there more I need to do (like physically unplugging it)?
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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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For a startup volume encrypted with Core Storage, System Preferences show that FileVault is disabled

My iMac has a SSD and a HDD. The OS is installed on the SSD. I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the SSD, and cloned my SSD using a backup from my Time Capsule in OS X Recovery. ...
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Hibernate mode 25 for filevault messing with apps on wake

I recently started using Filevault 2 to encrypt my hard drive. I read that due to security vulnerabilities, it was recommended to change the sleep settings via sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 ...
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How to disable unlock with Apple ID in Mountain Lion when FileVault is enabled?

I have a Mac with FileVault 2 enabled, and recently upgraded to Mountain Lion. Apple automatically enables the option to unlock my system account using my Apple ID in Mountain Lion, and because I ...
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Does FileVault prompt for passwords more often?

If I enable FileVault on Mountain Lion, will it make my machine ask me for my password more often? For example, right now I have my machine configured so that when it goes to sleep, if I wake it up ...
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Is FileVault 2 causing issues with TextExpander sync using Dropbox? [closed]

After turning on FileVault on my newly "Lionized" early-2011 MBP, I noticed that TextExpander was resetting to the default snippets that it comes with. The issue appears to have arisen after turning ...
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How do I copy a TimeMachine backup to an encrypted disk?

I want to replace my current TimeMachine backup disk with a new disk, but I also want to copy the existing contents to the new disk after encrypting the new disk. How can I best do that? Are there ...
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OS X 10.7 Lion: Reset master password to FileVault 2

I need to reset or delete my master password to FileVault 2. This is the password found under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Service gear > Change Master Password. It's a backup in case a ...
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Does File Vault store unencrypted data even if encryption is enabled in File Vault?

I noticed that a new File Vault 2 Backup volume first is backed up to, than encypted (for a few hours). So the first backup is unencrypted??? I already didn't like that about a new install of lion.
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Filevault 2 and Changing the Password

If I have a system with FileVault 2 enabled on the system and on the Time Machine drive, what happens if I change my system password? Is the encryption based on my login (being able to log in) or is ...