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

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FileVault2 Asking for Password Twice?

I recently enabled FileVault on OSX Lion. All seems to have gone well - it asks for my password before booting as expected, however it asks for it twice. Basically, it asks for my password, boots for ...
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Can I switch off disk while disk encryption is going on

I am trying to encrypt a disk which is taking approximately 20-30 minutes per every 1% . Can I restart/switch off my Mac while the encryption is going on ? Would the Mac automagically resume ...
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How can I configure the keyboard layout for the FileVault 2 unlock screen?

I installed Mac OS X Lion and enabled FileVault to have a full disk encryption of my system disk. I bought my Mac with a French keyboard (since I'm French and used to this layout) but my Mac is ...
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After disabling Filevault 1, is it possible to enable it again in Lion?

It seems that after disabling Filevault 1 in OS X Lion, there no longer is an option to choose between Filevault 1 and Filevault 2 functionality. I actually prefer Filevault 1 over Filevault 2, since ...
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How to recreate Lion Recovery HD partition?

I have a Macbook Air Mid 2011 which came pre-installed with Lion. After a trackpad hardware problem I wanted to be sure that none of my programs was responsible for the problem. I booted into the ...
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Bootcamp and Filevault 2 boot to OS X before a restart allows Windows to load

I've got a mid 2011 MBA with Windows 7 running via Bootcamp. In Lion, i've enabled Filevault 2. Normally, when I turn my laptop on, I first enter the filevault password before the laptop boots into ...
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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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Can FileVault show the login window as 'name and password', not 'list of users'?

Normally, Mac OS X lets you choose to show the login screen as a list of users (you click to enter the password), or two text fields (you enter the username and password): But, I use FileVault 2. ...
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Is File Vault 2 whole disk encryption or whole partition encryption?

Can I use File Vault to encrypt only some of the partitions on my disk (so that I can still have unencrypted and Windows partitions on the same disk), or does File Vault encrypt the whole disk so that ...
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How long should it take to enable FileVault 2 on a fresh Lion installation?

How long should I expect it to take to enable FileVault 2 on a fresh installation of Lion? I'm using a mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro with an i7 and a 5,400RPM 500GB hard drive with only 10GB used. John ...
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Speed of old Filevault vs. new Lion full disk encryption

How do the old Filevault and the new Lion full disk encryption compare speed wise? ATM I am using Snow Leppard with FileVault to encrypt my whole home directory, which makes opening IPhoto, Chrome or ...
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What are the implications in speed and battery life while using Filevault 2?

One of the neat new (though understated) features of Lion is Whole Disk Encryption. Before I flick the switch, I'd love to know what the performance impacts (speed and battery impacts) of switching ...
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How to create a pseudo-guest account in Lion with FileVault 2?

The guest account always had very limited permissions, unfortunately since activating FileVault on Lion it's deactivated by default. (More about it here: Unable to create Guest Account after enabling ...
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Is it possible to access a FileVault 2 encrypted volume from Boot Camp?

If I switch on FileVault 2 in Lion, can I still access my OS X volume from Boot Camp (Windows 7)? Are both volumes encrypted and decrypted together, or does it only affect the OS X volume?
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Disable a user's ability to unlock a FileVault 2 volume at startup/login time

I recently performed a clean install of Lion on one of my Macs. The installation process created one administrative user account. After installation, I enabled FileVault for the entire disk. Then, I ...
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Will FileVault 2 wear out my SSD faster?

I'm considering using FileVault 2 when I upgrade to Lion. Though my understanding of it is weak, it seems as though it shouldn't really increase the number of reads or writes per disk operation ...
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Unable to create Guest Account after enabling FileVault

After upgrading to Lion, I tried creating a guest account and it worked. I enabled FileVault on Lion and went through the process of encryption. After that, when I am trying to create a Guest ...
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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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Can Time Machine volumes be easily encrypted with FileVault 2?

Now that File Vault 2 can encrypt the entire disk and encrypt external drives, can I have a fully encrypted Time Machine volume?
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Can I use FileVault only for specific folders?

Can I set up FileVault to encrypt only specific folders inside of my Home folder but not the whole Home folder? I want to do this because it's not very convenient for me to encrypt the entire Home ...
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Will OSX Lion support filevault encryption on bootcamp partitions? [closed]

I'm thinking of migrating to bootcamp (from Parallels for speed), but need encryption. Apple has said Lion will have "whole disk" 128-bit encryption - any guesses on whether this includes bootcamp ...
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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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What issues might (legacy) FileVault cause?

Edit: The below was written before Lion came out, so this post is referring to what is now called "Legacy FileVault", which encrypts only your home directory. I've enabled FileVault on my computer ...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a File Vault while logged in?

Disclaimer: this question and answer are targeted to the Snow Leopard implementation of FileVault where the user home folder is only encrypted in a bundle. Lion's implementation of FileVault doesn't ...
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Mount home sparsebundle when SSH

I'm using FileVault to encrypt my homedir. But when I'm not logged (locally) into my remote machine and I'm connecting to it trough SSH my home contains only the sparsebundle file. How can I mount it ...
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How can I figure out what's slowly eating my HD space?

Every few days I get notices on my MacBook that it's running or run out of hard drive space. Curiously, restarting the computer will enable me to recover gigabytes of space (this past time, it was ...