Best FULL DISK Encryption Software For Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chiefpavvy, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    What is the best FULL DISK encryption software for Mac? I know about PGP WDE is that still the best one? It's a little expensive but I want full disk encryption. I use and love TrueCrypt but it doesn't do FDE on Mac.
  2. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    You can wait a few months till Lion is out. It will do what you want at no extra cost (besides the upgrade of course).
  3. Bigmacduck macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2009
  4. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I also think you should wait. That kind of apps are always expensive, but we will have full disk encryption with lion.
  5. edifyingGerbil macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2011
    Geniuses can unlock our Macs using their little hardware diagnostic consoles, so this would lead me to believe that the full disk encryption that will come with Lion will not be secure, there may be a backdoor or something that someone can exploit...

    I prefer open source software because I know what I'm getting that way, transparently.
  6. chiefpavvy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    I know Lion promises built-in FDE but like someone else said...can we trust Apple? I don't really trust Symantec either, though.

    I prefer open-source encryption as well. Wish like hell TrueCrypt had FDE on the Mac!

    Didn't realize Sophos had a Mac FDE solution, I'll definitely look in to that.
  7. chiefpavvy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Just an update - I've been using Sophos and it seems very nice. Haven't noticed any performance hit to speak of and the software seems very minimal and unobtrustive, which I like.

    I noticed today on Apple's Lion page they say Lion will do FDE but only utilize AES-128 encryption. I realize 128-bit is pretty standard but with so many AES-256 solutions out there, I think I may opt for the third-party package in this case.
  8. StephenNaples69 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Full Disk Encryption for Macs.

    The new FDE in Lion does not have any password recovery,
    or any enforcement or reporting of anykind to be used in the buisness workplace.

    Software called Alertsec is a better buiness choice for Mac FDE. Easy to deply for my end users to.

  9. chiefpavvy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Not true. Lion's FDE has a password recovery key in case the password is lost. It is presented to you prior to beginning encryption, and you have the option of allowing Apple to store the recovery key or not.
  10. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    I've previously used PGP WDE and it was great.

    Don't like the fact you must use your login password with Lion's FDE. FDE should use a LONG password, you don't want to have to type something 40 characters long in every time you need to authenticate an installer or what not.
  11. StephenNaples69 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    @ chiefpavvy

    Ahh thanks for the clarification, much appreciated, that's better then what I thought at least it has something not sure I could trust my users to write / store that down though.

    Do you know if there is a toll free number that can be called at all in the event the recovery code is missing so apple can issue some sort of challenge and or response?

    Sorry for the questions, I just need to be sure.

    Cheers :)

  12. WideDog macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Best FULL DISK Encryption Software For Mac?

    I must admit personally for my own laptop's and PC's I am heading down the route of SAAS, I don't trust that Lion will be all that secure like a couple of users on this board, Alertsec as another poster has pointed out maybe of an interest though and from what I can see is billed monthly and can be deployed to all my machines through the cloud, here's a link anyway:

    It ain't that cheap though at $13 dollars a month over a year, however I guess you need to accept that you will pay more if billed monthly, perhaps they offer discounts for purchasing quarterly/annually?

    I give it a go and give some feedback.
  13. StephenNaples69 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    @ widedog,

    OK thanks, please let me know what you think.

    I'm giving it a go here as well, I have not managed to test on one of my mac users yet as they are out with their laptop, however I have tried it on a windows laptop I have here and it does the Job. After signing up for the usual hoops in hosted products I was surprised that I only needed to paste a URL for the download then a brief install followed then a reboot.

    Pre boot looks good, 24 hour password recovery also which seems to be something end users can call for, always nice to reduce the load on the support desk, once I logged in I was prompted to start the encryption process I could not "click out of it". Oh forgot to mentioned its AES 256 bit, I think people were talking about that before in an earlier post, so that's a bonus.

    I am confident this could be something users can sort out themselves if I sort out the backend on the webportal.

    I have not looked into pricing to much, monthly you say?, but that's within our budget anyway, with no need to provision a server and no costs to maintain anything and reduction on support I think it pays for itself, especially that licenses are transferable from machine to machine.

    I still need to see the mac side of things working, I need to know if its a similar experience, you see we handle a lot of temporary road warriors / remote workers, what ever you want to call them, about 200 - 300 at a time, as they come and go so often, this pricing scheme and easy of use + transferable licenses is really what we are looking for.

    So far so good.

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