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Questions tagged [encryption]

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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How can I decrypt my HD?

I'm trying to decrypt my disk and turn off FileVault, but I can't do that. Firstly, the Turn Off FileVault... button is disabled. Locked Unlocked Secondly, I try sudo fdesetup disable with Terminal ...
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APFS encryption passphrase questions

Out of curiosity, I have a couple of questions regarding APFS passphrases. Using diskutil I found out that each APFS encrypted volume includes several cryptographic users, which at least in my system ...
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Does FileVault encrypt the disk instantly?

I have recently found that FileVault is disabled on my machine. Although I remember that I set "encrypt" option when I was setting the machine up. I opened System Preferences and enabled FileVault. ...
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How to use HFS+ encrypted partition as Time Machine backup drive

I formatted one partition on my external drive as MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). Now when I open Time Machine and want to use that partition I see a checkbox Encrypt backups. Because I don'...
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iPhone thief phished iCloud password. Can they decrypt iPhone contents?

Long story short, a close friend had their iPhone stolen a few months ago. Just yesterday they got a text saying their phone was found with a link claiming to show the phone's location. Unfortunately, ...
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APFS Encrypted vs APFS + FileVault?

I upgraded the SSD in a Mac Mini and I'm reinstalling Mojave via internet recovery. The disk is completely erased right now, and when creating a new partition it asks me if I want to choose APFS or ...
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Encrypt drive with private key?

Is there any way to encrypt my drive with a private key, and no external tools (to be installed), and then unlock via command-line? I'm referring to my second drive and not my boot drive. I’m not ...
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How an I confirm my Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard is encrypted?

I have a MacBook pro Retina 15, Late 2013 running Mojave. I also have an off brand Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard ( GeneralKeys PX-4068-675 ). The keyboard connects fine to the MacBook WITHOUT asking for a ...
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Password protecting a macOS .dmg file with a keyfile instead of a password, without using veracrypt

I need to create either an ISO, ZIP archive, or DMG image on Mac OS that is LOCKED, and can only be unlocked and decrypted using a special external keyfile. Essentially, this is the exact same thing ...
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Opening/saving encrypted zip file from iOS mail app

I have a problem with opening an encrypted/protected by a password zip file from an e-mail in an iOS mail app. I can enter the preview of the file, however it is a blank page with the file name only ...
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Mounting encrypted HFS partition after messed up partition table

I have an external 2 TB Harddisk that had a 1.5 TB exFAT Partition and a 500GB HFS+ encrypted Partition. I wanted to shrink the 1.5 TB to 1 TB. I used https://www.diskgenius.com/ to shrink the exFAT ...
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MacOS automatic external drive encryption/decryption

Question MacOS does offer automatic disc encryption for at least 2 "types" of hard drives in the system: Internal APFS Hard Drive with FileVault External Time Machine Hard Drive (If set up in Time ...
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How can I verify the backup password for an iOS device?

In iTunes, my iPad shows itself as backing up to "This Computer", and the "Encrypt Local Backup" button is checked. I believe I know the password, but I would like to be sure. How can I verify that ...
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Is iMessage open source?

My Google searches didn't turn up very many results on the subject. If it is open source, can someone link to the documentation?
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Are iMessage encryption keys sent to all listed devices even if they're broken?

Are iMessage encyption keys sent to all authenticated devices listed under Apple ID, even if the device isn't powered on and is broken?
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How to encrypt external network drive timemachine backup

I am following this: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-nas-windows-share-time-machine-backup/ Which basically says that you have to create a sparse disk image and put that on your external network ...
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Decrypt files recovered from encrypted external hard drive

I am trying to recover the data from one of the external hard drives of my company. I ended up using DiskDrill to extract all the files into a new, non-encrypted hard drive. Unfortunately I made the ...
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External drive APFS encryption secure?

I just erased a newly purchased external USB disk using the Disk Utility program and set it to use the file system APFS Encrypted. I entered a strong password and the whole process took about a minute,...
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What is the character limit for an encrypted USB drive password in Disk Utility?

Is there a character limit for an encryption password when formatting a USB drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) in Disk Utility? I was able to use a very long 65-character password but was ...
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Newly-created SSH keys landed in my home folder rather than `.ssh` folder after creating with `ssh-keygen`

I used the ssh-keygen utility bundled with High Sierra to create keys, as directed by this page title How to Create SSH Keys with OpenSSH on Linux or macOS at DigitalOcean.com. Oddly, the prompt to ...
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Can't Get GPG to encrypt from a script

I'm rustling up a quick-and-dirty script to take some backups from my Mac's local disk, encrypt them and then put them onto my iCloud drive. There's something wrong with the actual encryption line, ...
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Is there a way to encrypt a folder and then only allow certain processes to have access to that folder?

I'm aware of technique for creating encrypted folders using disk utility. But I believe once it is unlocked and mounted, any process owned as you or root could read that folder. I'm looking for a ...
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Why am I getting “Time Machine is backing up an encrypted disk to an unencrypted disk” when I'm not using encryption?

I have a new MacBook Pro 2018 model. It is using APFS but I have not enabled File Vault. I'm backing up to a Synology NAS, just but when I run my backups, I get the message: Time Machine is ...
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iPhone - Whats the matter with the Passcode?

I'm just thinking about the passcode to unlock the iPhone. You have to retype the passcode regularly. Winter is coming - so wearing touch-gloves are fine for using the iPhone. To unlock the iPhone, ...
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Cloud storage encryption

Is it recommended to encrypt files stored via cloud. For example, although certain cloud repositories encrypt data in transit - should I still use a secondary encryption tool for cloud storage? ...
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Encrypting issue, laptop restarting all the time

I started an Encryption process on my 12TB RAID 1 LaCie 2Big (APFS) a few days ago. The drive contained 2.5TB data. The laptop was crashing and restarting several times. Then I plugged the drive ...
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FileVault stuck on decrypting 90%

I couldn't partition my hard drive because FileVault was turned on. I then started decrypting, but it got stuck on 90%. After 4 days at 90%, I can still access my device, but it's laggy and ...
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MacBook Pro 2018 Windows Boot Camp with FileVault 2 and Bitlocker without TPM

I just got my new MacBook Pro Mid 2018, encrypted my Mac OS Mojave partition with FileVault 2, installed Boot Camp and Windows 10 Pro and wondered if it is possible to encrypt the windows partition as ...
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Missing “view” button in disk utility

I'm unable to encrypt an external hard drive because the encryption option seems to be missing. Various answers pointed to doing something with the 'partition' button, but that button is greyed out. ...
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Is it OK for Time Machine to take a long time to decrypt a freshly formatted encrypted disk?

I'm new to Time Machine. I just this week got an external hard disk and am starting to use it. My Time Machine backups were spending a significant amount of time in the encryption phase. Upon reading ...
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Spotlight not finding folders, files, or apps in High Sierra

I can't be sure it's related but after I turned on File Encryption Spotlight just stopped working on files folders and apps. I tried all the advice I saw in this post on this forum and more, including ...
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iOS settings to make default data routing on iPhone connect via a Tor node

Is it possible to set up my iPhone to route data to a Tor network by default before it is sent to some other app database or internet? If so, how would I configure my settings to connect to a Tor ...
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How to import self-signed certificate over SSH? (bounty)

I'm trying to remotely (SSH) import a custom certificate into Firefox and/or Chrome. It looks a similar question has been asked before, but didn't get an answer. I put a 150 point bounty on it in ...
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Strange available and purgeable space on High Sierra

My Mac has been complaining about low disk space in recent days. I tried deleting lots of huge files and folders (more than 20 or 30 GB of them) but I still got the complaint and the free space does ...
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Slow write speeds with APFS encryped external SSD

I bought an external SSD with a USB 3.1 gen 2 enclosure. I'm on macOS 10.13.6 with a MBP (late 2013). Using APFS I get write speeds of around 390–405 MB/s. So far, so good. However formatting the ...
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Cannot enable FileVault on macOS High Sierra

I've just got a new MacBook Pro, currently running macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra. As I'm the only one using it, it only has one user account, which does have admin privileges. However, I'm encountering ...
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Game Engine Encryption for iTunes Connect Export Compliance?

I am using a Game Engine to create an iOS game app which allows me to drag-and-drop the generated files into Xcode to get the app binary. The said engine encrypts the files when exporting to an Xcode ...
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External hard drive encryption using Disk Utility

I'm looking to encrypt an new external hard drive via disk utility (Mac OS Extended | Journaled Encrypted) as shown on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvfrIyS1K04&frags=pl%2Cwn. Will this drive ...
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Every encrypted DMG I create cannot be resized later

I am on "El Capitan". I am playing with encrypted DMG files as I want to store something in them, but so far they have been incredibly flaky. I use DISK UTIL to create the image, the "image format" ...
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How to decrypt shared WiFi passwords?

With the introduction of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, a new feature was added: Sharing WiFi Passwords. This awesome and convenient feature comes with one draw back: The passwords are stored in ...
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iTunes encryption Password

Is there a way to access iTunes encryption password on Windows 10? I can't remember the password and without the password ,I can't restore my backup on a new iPhone. The old iPhone is broken ..
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Encrypted Disks don't mount in Disk Utility and Finder on OS X 10.9

I've encrypted several external USB disks, both Time Machine and regular. On my MacBook running OS X 10.12, I plug it in, a dialog pops in the Finder asking for my password, I type the password, and ...
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File Vault Paused

Im trying to update to High Sierra, But can't because my file vault is currently encrypting. (so says the error message) However, when I check the status, it shows that it is "paused" and has been ...
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How does APFS encryption work?

I recently upgraded my 2013 MBP to High Sierra. This changed my unencrypted file system to encrypted APFS. Does Apple provide any information about how APFS encryption works? Does the account ...
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Time Capsule not accepting encryption password

My setup here is several MBPs backing up to an Apple Time Capsule. Backups are encrypted. I boot to recovery mode on the MBP I want to restore to (Cmd+R). Choose to restore from a Time Machine ...
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External HD not showing up in Finder

I have an external hard drive, been working perfect as an extra backup. Now all of a sudden I cant see the content in Finder. I can't eject it and it's greyed out in Disk Utility. Any idea what I can ...
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Whole disk encryption. How can the kernel be encrypted?

A standard pitfall of disk encryption on Linux is needing /boot unencrypted. Specifically the bootloader and initrd. Encrypting the entire disk means putting those somewhere else, e.g. on a USB stick. ...
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Encrypt backups on encrypted APFS drive for Time Machine backup?

I have a 1 TB internal drive (with APFS file system and FileVault enabled) I want to backup using Time Machine to an external USB hard drive. I want the backup itself encrypted so no one who has the ...
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What encryption method was used in OS9 Apple File Security?

I am trying to decrypt files that were encrypted on Mac OS 9 with its built-in 'encrypt' function (part of the "Apple File Security" application). I have the password and an OS9 emulator, but it doesn'...
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Unstuffing an old encrypted .sit file

I have several .sit files (compressed directories photos or text documents) from from the early 00's that I encrypted under OS 9 (I think). I have the password. I've tried extracting these using the ...