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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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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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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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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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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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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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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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How secure is File Vault 2 on Mac, given the fact that resetting/finding out someone's login password is not impossible?

There are ways to break File Vault 2 encryption: https://www.blackbagtech.com/blog/2017/07/13/macquisition-best-just-got-better/ Since you can reset a password when it's locked, I wonder in practice ...
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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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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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What is a Secure Token and how do I get an admin users that has one

I have an iMac 2017 with a FusionDrive on which FileVault cannot not be enabled. The situation is summed up in this reddit post. The problem boils down to: I have no admin user who has a secure ...
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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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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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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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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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FileVault is off, but still prompts for boot password

I have an iMac running Mavericks that was previously administered by the user, and it still requires a FileVault password when the system is rebooted, however FileVault is off. At some point ...
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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 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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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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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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How to Make OS X Partition Smaller?

System: SIP disabled, Macbook Air 2013-mid, about 120 GB SSD, 8 GB DDR3. My current disk state OS X portion I want to decrease OS X portion and move it to other but trying to startup partion, I get ...
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CoreStorage logic volume failed to mount

I have an encrypted hfs+ external SSD. When I plug it into my mac and, it prompts for my password, but after I enter it nothing happens. I tried this in terminal:
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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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FileVault and TimeMachine restoration - Unable to turn on FileVault again

I have restored a MBP timemachine backup to a new MBP. On my older machine I have enabled FileVault. The restoration was long. It took about almost 12 hours to transfer 500Gb of data. In the new ...
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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 that'...
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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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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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macOS keeps asking for disk password: how to allow a user to unlock File Vault encrypted disk?

After a restore, macOS still requires the disk password. Here what happened: First, I used diskutil to format my disk as APFS encrypted and I set a disk password. Then, I installed macOS High Sierra ...
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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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Will one or several shut down during filevault decryption harm things?

So I have a keyboard / mouse issue; neither built-in will work.. To troubleshoot that, I'd like to make changes and restart a couple times. One thing I tried was disable FileVault manually from ...
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Can I set an institutional recovery key for Filevault2 after Filevault2 is enabled?

I have a macOS 10.13.4 device that is encrypting with Filevault2 right now. It needs to be taken by a user for travel at the end of the day. I had meant to set an institutional recovery key for this ...
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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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Is cloud syncing possible with FileVault?

Today, on my professional computer, I wanted to open a personal document (PDF) directly from Dropbox website. However, it was impossible for Dropbox to show a preview of this PDF file (This file can’t ...
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Recovery key set by my “company, school, or institution” on private laptop

I want to enable FileVault encryption but in the dialog I encounter this message: A recovery key has been set by your company, school, or institution. I don't have my laptop set up by a company, ...
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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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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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macOS as a guest and in the host

I want to install macOS High Sierra as a guest having macOS in the host but want to know what virtualization software either VirtualBox of VMware provides the best security options between Guest and ...
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Filevault for all volumes

I'm using High Sierra, I have my main Macintosh HD encrypted using Filevault. However in Disk Utility there is an option to create new volumes that share space with container. So finally I have ...
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Unable to mount Filevault drive after system crash

My old 2011 Mac Book Pro crashed, the SSD drive is a few months old and the motherboard is displaying a light but existing burn mark... It's fair to believe the motherboard is dead and that the drive ...
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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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APFS encrypted volume no longer accepts password

My MacBook Air (early 2015) has shown strange behavior over the last couple of weeks with crashes while the lid was closed or booting into Bootcamp partition although the MacOS partition has been set ...
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How long will FileVault encryption take? Can I stop it?

I enabled FileVault to encrypt my hard drive a few days ago. The encryption process is still not finished and the estimated time keeps changing. It's been anything between "4 days" and "300 days". The ...
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Time Machine restore stuck on “Preparing <destination disk>” for more than 24 hours, how can I diagnose the nature of the problem?

Recently I got myself into quite a pickle that eventually required I format my Mac’s dual-SSD RAID-0 array and restore from a Time Machine backup. Unfortunately Time Machine has spent the past 24 ...
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FileVault 2 encrypted Fusion Drive on iMac doesn't boot anymore

I bought a 2017 iMac, migrated the contents of my 2012 iMac (so I have my data! ) and I wanted to erase the 2012 iMac it replaces using Disk Utility in Recovery Mode. I had hoped this would be a ...
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FileVault is frozen and slowing down computer

I'm having issues with FileVault being stuck while encrypting, and it's causing major slow downs in my system. I initially had my file system set to case-sensitive, which prevented me from installing ...