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Questions tagged [filevault]

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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FileVault 2 Full-Disk Encryption Alternative with LDAP Support

Has anyone come across a full-disk encryption alternative to FileVault 2 for macOS with better LDAP user support? I've been trying to identify a solution for macOS Mojave that: offers pre-boot, full-...
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Why is my ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist “damaged”?

I'm trying to edit my Safari bookmarks programmatically. When I try to open the file ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist, I get an pop-up with the error: “Bookmarks.plist” is damaged and can’t be ...
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Password and recovery key are not accepted at random

2015 MacBook Pro OS 10.14.5 FileVault The issue is the correct password and recovery key randomly are not accepted - how can I solve this problem? Or, what kind of an approach can I take to ...
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How do scheduled backups work on encrypted dmg and filevault 2

Under mojave with CCC5 on a 2019 iMac, I intend to clone an encrypted startup disk (filevault2) to a destination volume that will also have filevault enabled. When the system boots up the startup disk ...
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Sysadminctl - sudo vs no sudo/interactive vs non-interactive

I have a Mac with Mojave installed on an APFS partition. I run sysadminctl to change the Secure Token status for some users. Based on the information I found on the web it wasn't clear to me how I ...
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FileVault password and login options

I've had a Mac for years now, and I used to customize a lot the way the login screen and filevault password used to work on my device. Recently, I had to handle it to the Apple Store for a logic ...
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External FileVault-encrypted backup – corrupted partition map

My FV-encrypted external drive was working fine, and now it's not. In Disk Utility (GUI), it shows as "Unformatted". diskutil list: /dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: ...
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Required to fetch few details on FileVault

I require to fetch below few details on FileVault enabled users. 1)Private recovery key set or not 2)Institutional recovery key set or not 3)Authorized on every logon - supported or not. Which ...
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MacBook Pro showing Username and Passwordfield though unencrypted

I hope i am posting in the right place because i am really desperate. Since yesterday at noon, when i woke up my mac by lifting the screen, it stopped showing me my usual username, asking for my ...
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How to confirm if FileVault encryption has fully completed

How to confirm FileVault encryption has fully completed? While it's in progress, diskutil apfs list | grep 'Encryption Progress' ; fdesetup status will shows percentage of conversion. Later is there ...
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FileVault2 command line commands in Mojave?

I've been reading about using the fdsetup command to manage FileVault2 from the command line. But I can't find it in Mojave (or High Sierra for that matter). Is there a command line interface to ...
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How to force Disk Encryption password on boot for ALL users?

I want my MBP to be unlocked with Disk Encryption Password before getting access to the login screen. (read : I want to have two passwords prompts before the MBP can be used) Therefore, I made a ...
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iCloud setup on Mac - What password to use in last step

I have iCloud turned off on my Mac, and now I want to turn it on. In the first step, it wants my Apple ID and password, in 2nd step it wants my Mac user password but in 3rd step it wants password to ...
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Why was my macOS login password reset for the second time without my intention?

Today, for the second time in a 2-yearly span it happened to me that my macOS login password stopped being accepted overnight and I had to reset it via Apple Id (it doesn't let you use anything but ...
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Automatically Mount Encrypted Core Storage Volume (10.14.4+)

Prior to Mojave 10.14.4, macOS would automatically attempt to mount locked Core Storage volumes, and if the necessary password was found in the current user's keychain this would occur automatically. ...
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Mac password stopped working after I created a new keychain entry

I wanted to use Keychain to store a very long seedphrase. After entering it, the password for my Mac stopped working. I'm panicking because I set this computer up ages ago, so I don't know if I have a ...
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Force FileVault to use 256-bit key encryption

Is there a way to use 256-bit key encryption for macOS system? I’ve tried formatting system partition myself with bigger key size APFS, but macOS installer actually reverted this as it asks for user ...
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Can’t backup OSX Mojave because it thinks FileVault is running

I am getting this error on my Mac Mini, which persists after multiple restarts. (I accidentally fixed it. Details at the end of the post) Time Machine did not back up because FileVault was ...
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Why is my external disk being backed up again by Time Machine?

My 200 GB music library resides on a SD card that is permanently inserted into my MacBook Pro. The volume is encrypted using Filevault. Time Machine will include that volume when doing backups onto an ...
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Encrypted forgot password NO Recovery Key

I forgot my password to my Macbook Pro and I dont have the recovery key. I dont ever remember putting my computer on FileVault lock...to the point well forgot my password. I need help :'( I have ...
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Full Disk Encryption with Time Machine Backup

I don't know the appropriate setup to encrypt whole disk drive using FileVault 2 and Automatically backup it without issues. Currently, I'm using a 2nd-gen Intel i7 MBP running macOS High Sierra 10.13....
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How to enable / disable accounts for Filevault2 pre-boot authentication?

I just upgraded to macOS 10.14.3 from High Sierra. My Mac has multiple user accounts and so far (i.e. macOS 10.12) I could always manage which users were allowed to unlock the encrypted Filevault2 ...
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How do I change the default keyboard language with filevault?

How do I change the default keyboard language with filevault? I have Polish by default and I want a Polish pro Every time I have to change it, before encryption I could choose the default language of ...
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FileVault on slave drive which used to be original

I encrypted my original drive and then installed another larger drive. I made the new drive the bootable drive and the old Mac HD the “slave”. How do decrypt the second drive?? I have the recovery key
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Adding functionality to macOS pre-boot process

Is anyone familiar with adding functionality to the macOS pre-boot process? I'm trying to supplement FileVault's functionality so that it can integrate with a user directory service, which isn't ...
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Why there is no cancelling mechanism for filevault?

Is there a technical reason? Once it is started you have to wait for days and it is extremely annoying.
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FileVault alternative

Re. this question on Super user, I can't use iPad + Luna as primary monitor and FileVault simultaneously. My question is then, is there another way to conveniently encrypt the Document folder on the ...
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What are the typical changes pushed to Macs when you enroll your own device to a company? [duplicate]

I have recently enrolled my Mac to a company that I am working with. After the enrollment the performance of the machine drastically degraded. When I decided to un-enroll, I contacted the helpdesk ...
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How can I tell whether or not my FileVault recovery key is stored in iCloud?

I setup FileVault on my MacBook years ago. I believe I set things up so that my recovery key is stored in iCloud, but I'm not sure. And the FileVault preferences pane doesn't give any clues. How can ...
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Update screwing with encrypted disk or keep using windows boot?

On my 2011 macbook air i have high sierra installed. It attempted and at some point completed an update security update 2010-001 to version 10.13.6 (not sure if i had automatic updates on or not). ...
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macOS Mojave hibernatemode 25 | Dark Wake/ sleep wake

I have set hibernate mode to 25 and the standby time to 0 in macOS Mojave. Now my idea is that the Mac goes to deep sleep (no power to RAM). Most of the time it works; if I open the lid I see this ...
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How does FileVault work compared to LUKS

I currently use LUKS to encrypt my the drive of my Linux computer. I am planning to buy a Mac and want to enable full-disk encryption. With LUKS you will be prompted for your password before the ...
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Unable to login to older Mac with FileVault

This post concerns an Apple iBook G4 running Mac OS X 10.4.11 -- a PowerPC machine. The machine uses the original version of FileVault ("Legacy FileVault") to encrypt (parts of) the user's home ...
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MacBook reboots during a long sleep if FileVault is turned on

I've turned on FileVault on my MacBook Pro 2018 (High Sierra) and immediately after this the MacBook started to reboot randomly (mostly) when in sleep. First I noticed that after putting my Mac into ...
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Updating to Mojave & enabling FileVault at the same time

Recently I decided to update to Mojave. Additionally, FileVault encyption was mandated remotely. Upon the reboot all hell broke loose. The output of "diskutil apfs list" tells me Macintosh HD is "Not ...
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Speed up FileVault decryption process

There is a reason for me (testing) to turn off FileVault encryption on the boot drive on my Mac running macOS High Sierra (long story, off topic). So, I turned it off in System Preferences. I also ...
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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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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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Can't log in to my user on Mojave with Filevault enabled!

I am having issues with my user account in Mojave. The apple support reps and online forums signal that it is due to Filevault. Essentially my MacBook froze one day (beachball) and I powered off. ...
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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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Does initial FileVault encryption require user to be logged in?

If I enable FileVault using a specific account on macOS Sierra, does the account have to be logged in for the initial encryption to take place or does the computer just have to be plugged in and awake ...
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Making 2013 Pro SSD work on another Mac - Computer closes after entering the password

My 2013 Pro Mac is broken and I extracted its SSD and mount on an another Mac. The opening screen opens and I see the background image that I have used before and correct username on the screen. ...
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I get an error message when unlocking an APFS FileVault volume with an Institutional Recovery Key

I'm testing an MDM solution (with an in house Server.app MDM instance), which enforces FileVault. It's setup with both an Institutional Recovery Key (IRK) and a Personal Recovery Key (PRK). The last ...
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Do I need to renew the Institutional Recovery Key certificate with FileVault

We plan to roll out FileVault via Apple's own MDM (Server.app). I already have some test-computers enrolled. When I look at the certificate used for the Institutional Recovery Key, it expires in ...
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How to diagnose slow file transfer performance?

I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro and am transferring files from a brand new external SSD hard drive. Performance is much lower than I expected. The picture is showing ~44 MBps, which has been on ...
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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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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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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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Time Machine for reformatted external FileVault drive: how to explore files in backups; make future backups incremental from there

After the latest backup of an FileVault-encrypted SD was made on TimeMachine, I manually moved the its contents to another disk, then reformatted it, again as encrypted volume, and moved the file ...
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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 ...