iMac repairs with sensitive data on my desktop

puke spuey

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Oct 9, 2019
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if i take my iMac in for repairs and there is stuff on my desktop like a list of my bank passwords or um, personal pics of my wife, is my data safe from prying eyes? :oops:
 

jonblatho

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Jan 20, 2014
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Turn on FileVault (System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault) if you’re concerned about someone seeing what’s on your machine.
 

puke spuey

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Oct 9, 2019
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ok, that i could do, i could get it repaired without them having my hard drive.... im just not sure if the hard drive is the problem.
thanks!
 

wardie

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Have you got a backup? May change next steps. For future, as well as file vault you could use a password manager to add a second layer of security to data like that.