FileVault is a system which encrypts files on a Macintosh computer. It can be found in the Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" operating system and later.

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FileVault / DiskCorruption

i think about turning on FileVault on my machine, but i'm concerned about dataloss. I often do video-skype and for some reason video-skyping locks up my computer every once in a while and i have to do ...
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Will using FileVault shorten the lifespan of an SSD?

What are your thoughts on using an SSD with Apple's FileVault hard disk encryption? Will it shorten the lifespan? Will it decrease the read/write performance?
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Mounting a FileVault 2 encrypted external Home Drive at boot with OS X Lion

I currently have a three (3) drive setup with OS X Lion. / Boot /Volumes/Home (My Home Directory) /Volumes/Time Machine (Time Machine Backup) The Boot and Time Machine volumes are both encrypted via ...
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How do I resize a FileVault 2 encrypted partition?

Running Mac OS X Lion. My current setup is a 250 GB partition, encrypted by FileVault2, for Lion. Old Snow Leopard install is in second half, another 250 GB partition, unencrypted, of the same disk. ...
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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my ...
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Full Disk Encryption for Mac (Not PGP)

I purchased PGP Whole Disk Encryption for my Macbook Pro, and it's exactly what I need. After the Symantec acquisition, PGP no longer sells single licenses of the software so I can't purchase a ...
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Using FileVault and online backup on OS X

I use Carbonite for offsite backup, and am considering turing on FileVault on my Mac. If I do so, what will happen to my Carbonite backup? Will Carbonite have to redo the entire backup? Does ...
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Mysterious OS X FileVault-related home directory

I recently enabled FileVault on Snow Leopard, and after doing so, found a directory /Users/<myusername>.4529809818604982560, containing the original (unencrypted) contents of my home directory, ...
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How secure is Time Machine/FileVault/Dropbox/Google?

Lately, I have been somewhat preoccupied with the security of my computer. Not that I had actually anything to hide, but I just do not want anyone pilfering my data. So, I set up FileVault in OSX, ...
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OS X: Storing MySQL data securely, on an encrypted FileVault image using a soft link

I am trying to get a macports-installed MySQL to use a data directory stored inside my FileVault-protected home dir. I used sudo cp -a /opt/local/var/db/mysql5 ~/db/ (the -a to ensure file ...
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How to store the data of mysql on OS X in an encrypted state?

I have mysql 5.1 installed by macports with it's data dir in the default location, which is outside my user directory that's protected by filevault. I'd like to store the data in an encrypted state ...
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Apple remove dir - user.sparsebundle

The Sparse bundle directory in my Mac Snow Leopard is taking lot of space. I don't have an option to disable FileVault on my Mac. Would like to know the after affects of removing the sparse bundle ...
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A mac with two hard drives and file vault, what are my options?

I currently have a mac, running Mac OS X, with one hard drive. My home directory is encrypted with FileVault and then I have a /Users/Shared that is not encrypted and is readable by other users (i.e.: ...
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FileVault is not finishing

I enabled FileVault in OSX SnowLeopard, and chose to encrypt my home directory and use Secure Virtual Memory. 3 days have passed since I turned it on, and it's not finished yet. I am stuck on the ...
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How do I recover data from a vaulted macbook drive?

My macbook has recently gone up in flames, mostly, and I now find myself in the position of attempting to recover data from its drive. I was using file vault to protect almost all of my data. How ...
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MacBook Migration Assistant and FileVault

I recently got a new MacBook, and want to use Migration Assistant to move my profile. However, I have FileVault turned on. When I tried to do this over an ethernet cable, the Migration Assistant ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files from a home folder encrypted with FileVault?

I've erased all contents in the boot partition of my Mac. I thought I had an up-to-date backup using TimeMachine, but unfortunately the home folder wasn't backed up at all, because it was encrypted ...