APFS Encrypted --- Advantages?

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by DuncanGarp, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. DuncanGarp macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2018
    Other than the obvious (security aspects), what other advantages are there for having a Mojave boot drive formatted APFS encrypted? Thanks for any input.
  2. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    None. It is a security feature. What do you expect?
  3. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Does Mojave finally encrypt by default? That'd be something to add to the "pro" column. Won't be installing it until at least 14.3, of course, so am still making up the list.

    On a modern Mac, there are zero reasons not to enable FileVault by default.
  4. Mike Boreham, Oct 6, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2018

    Mike Boreham macrumors 68000

    Aug 10, 2006
    My understanding (which I am not 100% sure about) is that unlike HFS+, APFS supports encryption. Not the same as being encrypted. One consequence of this is that when you turn FileVault on the machine does not have to restart, which it did with HFS to convert to CoreStorage.

    In other words APFS volumes are not encrypted by default (which seems to be a not-uncommon view), you still have to turn on FileVault.

    Of course APFS has been with us since High Sierra, I don't think Mojave changes the above.
  5. BookEmDanno macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2010
    State of ~Aloha!~
    One of the "additional" advantage of encryption is when you "physically" lose your Mac. Should protect your data/information on that Mac.

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