Securing my Time Machine back-up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tekno, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011
    If someone steals my laptop, they'll need my password to log-in and see any of my sensitive documents.

    If someone steals my external hard drive, what's stopping them looking through my TM back-up or even simply restoring a Mac with all my files?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you don't enable the option to encrypt your Time Machine backup, nothing is stopping them AFAIK.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Starting with Lion you can encrypt a Time Machine backup to a locally attached drive. You will see the setting in the Time Machine pane in System Prefs. Mountain Lion added the ability to encrypt networked backups like to a Time Capsule.

    Also, the login password you mentioned is on its own not very secure. You should enable an EFI password to prevent your admin password from being reset and also enable Filevault2 encryption if you are concerned about the theft of data from a stolen laptop.

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