I haven't taken a scientific survey, but based on reading threads here and elsewhere, my impression is that most people do NOT have FileVault enabled. If you do, don't forget your passwords!
There is a disk performance hit, but it is small. Here is a speed test.Do most people enable FileVault? Any disadvantages/performance hits associated with it? Also, does it have to be enabled at time of system install for best performance or can it be done at any time? Thanks.
I've used Filevault for years. Wouldn't consider going without it. This makes me think of an interesting question, however. I wonder if Apple will ever turn Filevault on by default for new Macs? Perhaps for OS 10.12?
Do most people enable FileVault? Any disadvantages/performance hits associated with it? Also, does it have to be enabled at time of system install for best performance or can it be done at any time? Thanks.
And this is why I hope Apple introduces Touch ID on any new Mac's. I have to enter the passcode numerous times per day, and this would be a great tool.
WrongYou should actually use your computer for awhile before enabling fv.
The question you need to answer is: what is the likelihood that your device might get stolen? If you worry about that risk and you have important personal data on it, then you ought to enable FileVault. If your Mac never leaves the house, you might also want to consider using a firmware password instead. It won’t encrypt your data, but it will prevent anyone from gaining access to your data as long as the HDD/SSD is still in place.
FileVault can be enabled at any time. Before the installation (by formatting the drive as ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)’ or afterwards. The latter is preferred, because the FileVault program will force you to set up a separate recovery key and will enable all user accounts to unlock the drive.
Touch ID isn’t all that secure. Reproducing fingerprints is possible and I would assume that the likelihood of finding a good sample on your laptop is higher than on your smartphone.
I moved from a mba 13 to a open box rMB. The new rMB was on Yosemite so I had to upgrade to 10.11.4 before installing my latest time machine backup. I did not check on the new rMB for FV so now i can't turn it on and also find my Mac is not working. Is there a quick fix rather than booting an external drive and create the partition FV needs before turning it on and restoring my data again? Thanks
I’m sure a lot of people's macbook have been stolen that didn't think it would happen to them. But I digress, there are other reasons for encryption and a common one is to protect your data when you pass on your computer.
Secure erasing SSDs isn't as secure as it is with HDDs. The surest way of erasing your data short of destroying your drive these days is encrypting it. This will keep your contents secure when you wipe your mac before selling, which lots of people do to help subsidize the cost of a new Mac.
Yes well people who cannot remember a key no more sophisticated than a facebook password should not be encrypting their drives. I guess I should have changed my post to say if you can use Facebook, you can encrypt your drive.I could come up with a number of people in my circle of acquaintances that I would not advise to enable encryption, purely because they will forget it and are likely to lose their passwords at some point.
Encrypting after the fact is not that same as starting with encryption. I can go into more detail if need be.You could do that before selling it too. For SSDs other options exist, depending on vendor (e.g. full trim).