Did LibreOffice just turn on my FileVault?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GanChan, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

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    This sounds insane, but ... I just downloaded the current stable version of LibreOffice (from the official website) and when I attempted to open it for the first time, I just a notice that the file couldn't be verified. So I go to check my security preferences, and FileVault is on. I've never used FileVault in my life -- and it wasn't on when I fired up the computer this morning, and no one else has used said computer.
    Fortunately, I was able to get it to decrypt and turn itself off. But how did that happen, and could the download have triggered it?

    For what it's worth, I'm running Yosemite.

    Think I'll re-install my older version of LibreOffice until I find out what's going on....
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, I don't think its possible for the App to do that sort of thing
     
  3. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any other sort of internal software/hardware/firmware glitch capable of switching FireVault on automatically? It's just a very weird thing to see, and it's never happened in the 3 years I've owned this MacBook.....
     
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Turning on FileVault requires entering an admin password (click the padlock icon, enter password). Anything that could bypass that requirement would be more than a "glitch."

    How do you know that FileVault was not on when you powered up? It's essentially invisible in day to day use.
     
  5. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it's true that as long as I was successfully logging into the computer via my password, I wouldn't know or feel a difference whether FireVault was on or off. Maybe I selected FireVault instead of firewall at some point? (But surely I would've noticed.... or maybe not :p)
     
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    Enable FileVault instead of Firewall? It's not inconceivable. You might have felt a performance difference while the disk was being encrypted, but the performance cost is hard to detect in ongoing use. Depending on the age of your Mac, you may have been presented with the option to turn on FileVault during initial setup.
     
  7. ldelworsh macrumors newbie

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    I had something very similar happen to me. It had nothing to do with apps, but FileVault was turned on without my authorization. When I shut down my computer and tried to log back in, it wouldn't let me because FileVault was on and I didn't have the password (most likely because I never set it up). I lost a years worth of data on my computer because the only way to get back in was to wipe my computer. Apple refuses to accept responsibility, but I think it was a glitch that caused it. Just wondering if anyone else has had that experience.
     

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