Filevault Security

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sa3er, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. sa3er macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Mac says Filevault secure all my files.
    -first i wanna know that it really secure them or its better i use a more secure software like truecrypt or something ?
    -second problem is that it says secure home files. so its mean only files which is in home folder ? ok but i have tow Drive (C , D) and drive C is about 40 Gig and Drive D is more than 200 Gig. i choose drive D to store time machine backups. its mean all my home files will backuped @Drive D which Filevault won't encrypt them. what i have to do to secure my time machine backup files ?
  2. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    Don't even bother with FileVault in Snow Leopard. It is junk. It makes taking backups a pain and is known to cause problems.

    With that being said I highly recommend upgrading to OS X Lion as soon as it is released. Lion ships with FileVault 2 which is a complete re write and a much better product. FileVault 2 uses full disk encryption.
  3. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'll be doing full disk encryption with Lion for sure. I kinda of don't like my encryption system not being open source though.
  4. sa3er thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    but i herd lion X won't allow to install app from torrent or any site and only can install app from app store window and u have to forgot downloading apps ...

    well ok so you say lion x have good failvault ? ok if i enable it it will not slow down my computer ?
  5. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    You can download app's in Lion from other places, not just the App Store. Yes if you enable filevault then it will slow down your mac a little, but as far as security its 128-bit AES encryption which is very secure.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You can install applications outside of the app-store. Lion is not locking down the way you install apps.
  7. sa3er thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    i checked my apps and 90% of them won't work with lion. so forget that shi**

    what is best alternative for filevault which do all the work automatically and no slow downing system. Truecrypt ?
  8. Snooksy macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Middle of Nowhere
    As far as I'm aware with FileVault, Time Machine will only back up your home folder when you log out as it has to do the entire thing at once. You also can't restore individual files which implies that it just backs up everything as one large encrypted blob.

    Can't believe Apple wouldn't do that tbh.



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