FileVault question

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by qtrim, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. qtrim macrumors regular

    qtrim

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    If I enable FileVault on my Mac, then it is stolen and someone removes the drive and attaches it to another computer, are the content of the drive secure? Can they be seen, coped, extracted?
     
  2. hallux macrumors 68020

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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Your data is secure, which is the beauty of FV :D

    FV encrypts the entire drive and its unreadable unless you have the keys.
     
  4. qtrim thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    The only caveat I would put to this is that you will want to choose a strong password for your account(s). The encryption key is encrypted by a key that is your password. And that information is all stored in an encrypted plist file on your recovery partition, so, it the drive could be crackable if the password is simple enough for a dictionary crack to get it. And should a thief and or three-letter-government-agency be able to decrypt the plist.
     

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