Disc encryption vs. file/folder encryption

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GanChan, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    I want to protect personal data and business information on my Mac, so of course I've given serious thought to FireVaulting it. But this process will grind everything to a near-halt for hours, so I'm wondering now whether simply encrypting the sensitive folders would be just as good. One fringe benefit, it seems to me, is that even if I forget the password, I'd be locked out of those folders but the computer itself would still be usable.....

    Anyone else decide to go the folder route instead of the whole-disk route?
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    OS X doesn't offer folder-level encryption.

    You can make a disk image in Disk Utility, and encrypt the disk image. Copy your sensitive folders to the disk-image. Double-click to mount it; Eject to unmount it. After confirming all files OK on disk image, delete original folders.

    To ensure the system requires a manually entered password, make sure you DO NOT store the disk-image's password in your keychain.

  3. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    Yes, that's how I would want to do it, I think.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Full-disk encryption is IMO preferable due to the fact that files can end up outside of the folders. The system stores temporary copies of files elsewhere.

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