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Table of Contents:

  1. What is FileVault?
  2. Why Use FileVault?
  3. How to Enable FileVault on Your Mac
  4. Understanding and Managing FileVault Recovery Key
  5. Decrypting Your Mac with FileVault
  6. FAQ’s
  7. Related Articles

What is FileVault?

FileVault is a disk encryption program available in Mac OS X 10.3 and later. It utilizes XTS-AES-128 encryption with a 256-bit key to prevent unauthorized access to the information on your startup disk. Simply put, FileVault encrypts the data on your Mac so it’s locked and inaccessible to unauthorized users.

Why Use FileVault?

FileVault provides an additional layer of security for your Mac. By encrypting the files on your startup disk, FileVault ensures that your data is secure even if your Mac is stolen or lost. It’s especially beneficial if you handle sensitive information.

How to Enable FileVault on Your Mac

Follow these steps to enable FileVault on your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.
  2. Click the FileVault tab.
  3. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
  4. Click Turn On FileVault.
  5. Choose how you want to be able to unlock your disk and reset your password in case you forget it. You can choose to use your iCloud account or create a recovery key.
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

Remember, the initial encryption process can take some time, depending on the amount of data you have.

Understanding and Managing FileVault Recovery Key

FileVault provides a recovery key which can be used to unlock your disk in case you forget your password or can’t login with your user account. You can store this key with Apple using your iCloud account, or you can choose to keep a local copy. Keep it safe and secure, as losing the recovery key can result in losing access to your data.

Decrypting Your Mac with FileVault

If you no longer wish to use FileVault, you can decrypt your disk. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.
  2. Click the FileVault tab.
  3. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
  4. Click Turn Off FileVault.
  5. Click Turn Off Encryption.

Decryption may take a while, depending on the amount of data you have.

FAQ’s

What is FileVault on Mac?

FileVault is an encryption program in Mac OS X 10.3 and later that uses XTS-AES-128 encryption with a 256-bit key to protect the data on your startup disk.

How do I enable FileVault on my Mac?

To enable FileVault on your Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault tab. Unlock with an administrator name and password, then click Turn On FileVault. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Can I decrypt my Mac after using FileVault?

Yes, you can decrypt your Mac after using FileVault by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault tab. Unlock with an administrator name and password, then click Turn Off File