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FileVault is a macOS feature allowing full-disk encryption using XTS-AES-128 with a 256-bit key. Older implementations encrypted the user folder only.

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T2 Got locked out of my own 2019 Macbook Pro?

This is a rather peculiar situation as I got locked out of my own laptop. Keep in mind I'm in IT so I know what I'm doing. The setup: I own a Macbook Pro 2019 with T2 (with purchase documents and so ...
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MDM Managed M2 14 inch MBP rebooting into recovery after Sonoma 14.3.1 update

I am locked out of my Apple Silicon Macbook. I was on macOS Sonoma 14.3. Around when 14.3.1 update was released, the device prompted restart after update. After restart mac is rebooting into recovery ...
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How can I hide the second administrator account on the MacBook?

I'm using multiple user accounts on one MacBook, let's call them "work" and "home," and FileVault is enabled for each. Both with administrator rights. I need to hide one account (...
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Error recovering MacBook login password: “There was an error communicating with iCloud”

I forgot my Apple MacBook Pro M2 password yesterday (running on MacOS Sonama) and after multiple tries, I tried to recover using recovery options provided by apple. After following all the steps ...
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When did Apple switch FDE to FBE?

It appears that Apple started offering a storage encryption option on their iPhones since the iPhone 3GS. However, I am curious as to when the switch happened from encrypting using Full Disk ...
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Must login 2 times with old and new password. How to fix?

I have a managed Mac from work running Sonoma 14.2. I believe our IT dept uses InTune to control the Mac. I recently changed my password, now I have to login twice when I restart. I have FileVault ...
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Startup Disk "Reduced Security" setting effect on drive encryption

I have a M1 Mac. In order to install a legacy kernel extension needed for a peripheral, I have changed my startup disk security settings to "Reduced Security" as detailed here: https://...
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After a password reset on a MacBook with a FileVault recovery key, can I access new changes in my iCloud Keychain without logging in to iCloud again?

Alternate phrasing of the core question: Where exactly is that secret stored which provides a MacBook with access to one’s iCloud account one previously logged in to? I have a MacBook Pro (14", ...
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Can I utilize T2 hardware based encryption for external SSD drive?

Or should I preferably get external SSD which contains hardware based encryption baked in? Why asking, because there are drives with and without hardware based encryption. For the latter if I could ...
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How to erase securely apple sillicon mac? [duplicate]

I've searched several articles to find a way to erase data in secure on the apple sillicon mac, and found diskutil or Filevault things. As I'm using m1 mac, so the diskutil was not an option so I ...
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How do I dedicate more of my machines resources to a specific task?

I don't know how FileVault even got turned on in my 2012 MacBook Pro running MacOS Catalina.. But it's been trying to do its initial encryption for 4 days now, over the past 20 hours I have simply let ...
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Volume based encryption for different OS sharing the same disk

On my macbook M1, I created two volumes (one for my professional activity and one for my personal activity). Each volume has it's own macOS. The goal is to prevent remote administrators of one of the ...
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Attempting to repair a split Fusion Drive

I attempted to activate FileVault on a late-2013 iMac, which has a 1TB Fusion Drive. However, the encryption process became stuck after several hours, so I had to reboot. This is when the issue ...
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Is there a way to DISABLE a user from decrypting the boot volume? [duplicate]

I see a very well documented way, if a user is not enabled to decrypt the boot volume, to enable that user: just go into the FileVault control panel, and if there are users not permitted to boot the ...
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What is going on with my hard drives?

I bought a fairly cheap old MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) from Facebook Marketplace a couple days ago because I wanted to try out using a Mac, but what is confusing me is my hard disks. I assumed there was ...
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MacBook Pro 2012 - black screen after flat battery

After working perfectly whilst never being allowed to run completely flat, booting after a flat battery, even after fully recharging, doesn't switch the backlight on. This means the user cannot see ...
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Does FileVault work if I use iCloud

My question is the following: If I use FileVault, will it only protect the data which is not uploaded to the iCloud, or will files uploaded to the iCloud be encrypted? If all files stored in the ...
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dd macOS disk – encrypted after dd

I am trying to clone a regular macOS disk (iMac to MacBook – MacBook connected in disk mode) with APFS (not encrypted or something). For this I am using dd to clone the whole disk. Strange is, that ...
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Encrypted APFS flash drive suddenly became unencrypted with most files not accessible

So this was very weird for me. I was using my 32GB Sony Flash Drive (APFS, Encrypted), when all of sudden it got unmounted. When I mounted it back it did not ask for a password. The drive was listed ...
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Discard FileVault 2 key - macOS

As far as I'm aware, on iOS when you click the power button 5 times, you effectively nuke the encryption key used to protect the device (which is ultimately derived from your passcode). With regular ...
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What happens to backups I lose my laptop?

I have a 2021 M1 Macbook Pro that is password protected with a weak password (5 characters). I want to create a local backup of my Macbook but I am wondering what will happen if I lose physical access ...
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Timemachine multiple passwords

I have several standard user accounts on a Mac OS computer. I have setup a timemachine backup. This backup is protected by a password. So files are encrypted on the external backup drive. Each user ...
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How to create two macOS Installations on one iMac, securely separated from each other by using FileVault?

The requirement in a no-budget project is as follows: an existing iMac, which is used by one developer for most of the time, has to be used by a second developer from time to time; so both developers ...
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Login screen lists "Recovery Key" but I am not using FileVault on my Mac Mini

Is this for my MacBook Pro perhaps? Both are M1 Macs (same Apple ID / iCloud account), the Mini is on Monterey while the MBP is now on Ventura. FV is enabled only on the MBP, but a Recovery Key shows ...
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Does FileVault on macOS Monterey say it will use a recovery key, regardless of your choice, if you have an Apple ID 2FA recovery key?

Running a MacBook Pro 14" (M1 Pro, 2021) running Monterey 12.6 (FileVault off), if I go into System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault, it says that if I use FileVault I would ...
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What is the point of FileVault on a Mac with the T2 security chip if the chip is already responsible for encrypting the drive?

Does having a Mac with a T2 chip automatically prevent someone from booting into Recovery mode or Target Disk Mode or from accessing disk utility or a terminal without having a user's password ...
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How to recover data on an Intel based MacBook Pro 13" 2020 with the T2 security chip? FileVault was never enabled

I understand that Apple can unlock it if one provides proof of ownership, but my friend bought his computer on eBay and has been unable to get the original owner's help. He does not have a recovery ...
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Macbook M1 Gray Login Screen

I have a MacBook Air M1. After around 10 months suddenly the login screen is showing a grey background screen. I looked around on the Apple forum, and it was because I turned on FileVault. I checked ...
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How to encrypt the whole external HDD with AES 256? [duplicate]

Mac OS Mojave. When I encrypt the whole external HDD, I click Erase > Format + Scheme, I can only see these options But I don't see such options as if I was encrypting only some files on an ...
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Is my mac filevault encrypted?

I recently encrypted my drive using filevault. However, the process to encrypt seemed to be practically instant, while for others it seems to take quite a while. I'm wondering if my drive was actually ...
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Find and decode bytes containing passphrase hint (CryptoUsers structure) in FileVault Drive Encryption of HFS+ encrypted drive

I had a Mac computer running macOS 10.14.6 (I believe) and set up a Time Machine backup with encryption on a hard drive. It is encrypted with HFS+ with a password and a hint. The password was stored ...
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How to TurnOn FileVault for (Macintosh HD - Data) while it is already On for (Macintosh HD)

I saw on the Apple documents on their website ( Here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210650 ) that Macintosh HD is read-only volume called maybe "startup disk" for system files and user ...
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How to recover documents and photos from locked iMac [duplicate]

A friend's husband died suddenly a few months ago. He did not leave his password. The iMac (Big Sur) has many important documents and photos and the wife would like to recover them. She has her own ...
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macbook air keeps restarting bc of a problem (filevault decrypting is stuck in 99)

I turned my FileVault off (yes big mistake) without researching anything. I don't know what made me turn it off brain fart or curiosity maybe. t was all okay until the decryption reached 99% when I ...
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SSH won't work until the local account is logged in

I've a Mac mini running Big Sur Monterey to which I cannot connect via ssh unless the user has his session started. I guess this is, like on ubuntu, due to the authorized_keys file not been accessible ...
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Two different computers, same home folder name: trouble?

I have an old MBP (running El Capitan) with the home folder name: firstlast (that's made up, but you get it). I just got a new computer, and during setup it suggested "firstlast" again as my ...
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Question regarding Filevault on M1 computers [closed]

I wanted to ask this in this thread: What is the practical difference between an unencrypted, password-protected Mac and a FileVault encrypted Mac?? but it wouldn't let me because I'm a new user. I'm ...
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File Vault decryption paused, switch to external?

I have an old MacBook Pro that was running super sloooow. I decided to upgrade to an SSD. The original drive was encrypted, so I wanted to decrypt before I cloned the drive. I think that's where I ...
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Is it possible to mount an encrypted disk image so that only current user is able to access it?

I use VeraCrypt to mount an encrypted volume. When the volume is mounted, other admin users are not able to access it: admin1 % admin1 % su - admin2 admin2 % ls /Users/admin1/veracrypt_mounted admin2 %...
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2017 Intel 4K iMac, broken FileVault decryption

macOS Monterey on a 2017 4k Intel iMac. Another person has reported it on their 2017 MBP where FileVault was enabled intentionally but then turned off. A week ago I turned FileVault on by mistake, so ...
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Manually Decrypt Partially Cloned APFS Volume

I recently attempted to clone a failing external drive to a new external drive. The clone failed part-way into the process. The original drive hardware has now fully failed, so I'm trying to recover ...
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Can i remove Guest Account completely in Terminal or add a password when logging in even with FileVault enabled?

I have a Macbook Pro, with MacOS Montery Version 12.1 Just wondering if there is a way to either completely delete the Guest Account option on my Mac, not just turning it off, through Terminal maybe? ...
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Replace low-res startup login picture by high-res

Whenever I start up my Mac I need to fill in the password to my user account and it shows this ugly low-res user picture stretched out as my user account picture in the login screen. After being ...
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Can't enable FileVault with secure token

I set up a new Mac Mini M1 (macOS 12.3 / build 21E230). The main user is non-admin, and the admin is a hidden account. I can't enable FileVault. If I press the button, nothing happens. I tried to ...
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Secure Erasing Internal SSDs Using File Vault

I am the "middleman" in an effort to collect old, unused Apple devices from seniors living in an aging-in-place community. My intention is to collect their devices, wipe them clean, then ...
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Does FileVault technically require SIP? [closed]

To disable SIP I must disable FileVault. Is there a technical reason that FileVault needs SIP? IIRC I had FileVault enabled and SIP disabled on older versions of OSX.
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FileVault and erasing SSD: disk utility didn’t ask for any code or password to erase despite FileVault being on

I am trying to sell my MacBook Pro 2011 and want to erase the SSD for good. It’s running High Sierra. Despite what Apple says, I read it’s better to have FileVault turned on and then erase the machine....
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How to turn off “macOS MDM Enrollment”

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought on eBay. There’s an annoying message that pops up every few minutes “macOS MDM Enrollment” is the title. I’ve tried several different methods posted on this site to ...
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MacBook air's 2017 NVMe SSD Trim Support

I recently upgraded my MacBook air's 2017 SSD to 1TB. I used Crucial P2 NVMe SSD with a 3rd party adapter. And it's working pretty well. Recently I heard about macOS Trip support, I use the Filevault, ...
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How to make M1 Macbook (Pro 2021) useless if lost / stolen?

What are risks specifically for an Apple Silicon device? What can I do to make them less critical? If prepared properly, what shoud I do after my Mac is lost / stolen? Here is my homework research so ...
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