Parallels: FileVault or Parallels' encryption?

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  1. Undecided macrumors 6502a

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    I don't need heavy encryption for my VM - just to keep others out should the computer be stolen. I want to turn off FileVault on the Mac, so it can boot and automatically login a user (e.g., in case of power interruption), but I want to keep my email, docs, photos, etc. secure. So I created a VM running Yosemite to put all my personal info into.

    Which is the preferred approach, turning on FileVault in the VM or turning on Parallels' encryption?
     
  2. freiheit macrumors 6502a

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    I think you answered your own question. If you want auto-login, you cannot use FileVault. To protect only some files or, even with FileVault, to add another layer of security for files you don't want anyone to be able to access even if you are logged into your Mac, use Parallels' encryption or create an encrypted disk image file within your filesystem. I use the latter to store extra sensitive information (tax returns, finances, etc.) so that even when I am logged in, unless I am accessing that extra secure vault, those files are still encrypted.
     
  3. Undecided thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, what I'm wondering is whether FileVault turned on in the VM or using Parallels encryption is the better route.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    So you want automatic login (not sure why) so everyone can have access to your machine, but you want your own personal info to remain secure. Running an encrypted virtual machine just to keep your stuff secure is a very resource intensive means to accomplish such a simple task. I second freshet's suggestion to use an encrypted disk image for your sensitive info. Also, don't let anyone else use your login account.
     

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