How do I encrypt my hard drive on my MacBook Air?

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  1. SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

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    Or is Encryption already on as default? Thanks in advance.
     
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    System Preferences > Security > FileVault > Turn on.
     
  3. SRLMJ23 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What happens if I lose that code? In Windows when you encrypt your drive you don't get a code or anything, do I have to type that in every time I access the drive?
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    You need your password or that code. If you're good at never forgeting the password, the code doesn't matter.

    You could choose to store the code with Apple. Or you could write it down on an index card with very little other information.

    My suggestion? Don't forget your password. ANd probably the index card.
     
  5. Mal macrumors 603

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    If you lose that code and you didn't store it with Apple, you're screwed. The tradeoff of good security is that if you lose your login information, you can't get to the data either. If the data is that important, though, just make sure you never lose your password and/or recovery key. As noted, you can store it with Apple, and have to answer three questions which you pick in order to retrieve it. I would highly recommend this, as well as storing away the recovery key on a 3x5 in a fire safe or offsite somewhere, if the thought of losing your data scares you (which it probably does).

    jW
     
  6. SRLMJ23 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you Mal! Very informative post...thanks again!
     

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