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

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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 ...
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Grey login screen after enabling encryption

After turning on encryption with FileVault on my MacBook Air with Mountain Lion my login screen went gray. Is there a way to go back to the default one? The grey one The default one
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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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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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“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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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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What does “[Update Needed]” mean when attempting to boot from an encrypted backup?

When I attempt to boot from an external drive that is an encrypted SuperDuper! mirror of my internal hard drive, I get a login screen that's missing my account an instead has an account called ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 it worthy to turn on File Vault?

I'm the only user of my MacBook Pro 5,3 (mid 2009, Core2Duo 2.66 GHz, 4 GB RAM). Is it worthy to turn on File Vault 2? Any performance penalties considering my hardware specification? I'm ...
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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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How can I verify a Lion FileVault recovery key?

I have a volume that is encrypted with OS X Lion's full-disk FileVault. When I enabled FileVault I was given a recovery key, which I wrote down. I'd like to verify that the recovery key that I wrote ...
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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 ...