TrueCrypt vs. Apple's FileVault

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by steiney, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. steiney macrumors 6502

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    Hello All,

    Which would you say is better, TrueCrypt or FileVault? I'm going to encrypt my laptop HD.

    Thanks!

    steiney
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    FileVault encrypts your home directory only. Truecrypt cannot encrypt the system volume, but can create individual volumes for documents. Disk Utility can create encrypted images for documents as well. TrueCrypt has the advantage that it is cross-platform so you can access them on Windows and Linux as well. So it all depends on your needs. Neither option will give you whole disk encryption though.
     
  3. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I was a little annoyed when I discovered that TrueCrypt doesn't offer whole disk encryption.

    Do you know of an encryption software that does offer whole disk encryption?

    Thanks for your reply!
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    PGP is the only Mac whole disk encryption option that I am aware of, and it's not free.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Unlike windows, Mac OS store your files in your user account, thus if you encrypt your user account then you are safe.
     

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