Vista's BitLocker vs. Mac's FileVault

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macridah, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    The comments are particularly interesting and insightful. I liked the way the article was written - it made its point well.

    Basically, if simple folder encryption is all you need, the built-in encryption service in Windows XP (or free software like TrueCrypt) or Mac OS X's encrypted disk image feature are, if configured correctly, incredibly simple to use.

    If you want a more broad data protection method, which approach to take depends on your needs. Neither BitLocker nor FileVault are perfect solutions, but BitLocker's awfully nice if your computer has a TPM, and FileVault focuses on your home directory, where your sensitive data ought to be anyway (plus, if your computer has multiple users, FileVault can be applied per-user, unlike BitLocker).
     
  2. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I have yet to take advantage of FileVault, because I simply don't have a full understanding of the ups and down of using it. Are there any negatives of encrypting with FileVault?
     
  3. polishmacuser macrumors 6502a

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    i have a question to this if i use flievault and if i misstype my password will i lose all my data just like that? i hope not
     
  4. tilman macrumors regular

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    As opposed to not using encryption? Here are a few things to consider before using FileVault:
    - As with any other real encryption software, if you forget your password, your data is gone. Forever.
    - It's heavy on incremental backups. Touching just one little file inside your FileVault requires backing up the entire FileVault.
     
  5. tilman macrumors regular

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    No, it will not erase your data just because you entered the wrong password. Of course, if you forgot your password, there's no recovery.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, this is the major caveat. Any type of corruption causes you to lose the entire home directory. I'm not sure just how frequently this corruption happens, but using FV without a backup strategy in place is extreme asking for trouble.
     

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