Secure personal information?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by andyd409, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. andyd409 macrumors member

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    How do you secure your personal information, that is information of a financial nature and or information that contains sensitive identity information like social security number (on tax forms) and the like?

    Like most people I need to get serious about safeguarding personal info.

    I am considering secure DMG's and letting them just propagate into my normal backup process, which involves Time Machine and main HD cloning.

    Any other suggestions?

    TIA
     
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    When I get a new machine, the first thing I do is turn on FileVault. I make sure that Time Machine backups are similarly encrypted.

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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I recommend you use OS X's FileVault 2, which will encrypt your entire drive. This will protect your data in the event your computer is stolen.
     
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    If you're not interested in encrypting the entire drive and only wish to encrypt certain files and folders, you can use gpgtools to do so. It's an open-source encryption suite based on the ultra-secure PGP encryption standard almost once classified as a weapon by the US Congress in the 1990's.

    I use it to encrypt a few things that I store in Dropbox.
     
  5. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Similar to what SandboxGeneral mentioned, is Knox by AgileBits, the maker of 1Password. I've never tried Knox, so I can't say how good it is personally, but just wanted to throw that out there. :)
     

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