Make the hard drive of your Mac (Book) safer with FileVault

FileVault ensures that malicious parties cannot easily access the data on your Mac (Book). This is how you set the extra security layer.

Enable FileVault

FileVault encrypts all data on your Mac’s hard drive (Book). With that you lay, as it were, an extra layer of security over the files that are on your computer. This means that malicious parties cannot simply make a copy of your personal data, because they need a password. To enable FileVault:

  1. Open the System Preferences on your Mac (Book);
  2. Go to ‘Security and privacy’ and then choose the second tab: ‘FileVault’;
  3. Click on the padlock at the bottom to edit the settings;
  4. Enter the administrator username and password;
  5. Finally, click on ‘Enable FileVault’.

Enable FileVaultDo you use the Mac with others? Then you can indicate per user whether they can unlock the drive. You do need the passwords of the other Mac users.

Save your recovery code

When activating FileVault, you are asked to provide a password or recovery code. It is important that you don’t forget it or you will lose all data on your Mac. Fortunately, your iCloud account comes to the rescue. If you’ve forgotten the password, you can use iCloud to disable the security of your drive and set a new password.

If you don’t want to use the FileVault recovery code in iCloud, it is wise to create a local recovery code. You use this combination of letters and numbers when you have lost the password. It is important to keep this password in a different place from your FileVault encrypted drive, as you will no longer be able to access it.Disable FileVault

Disable FileVault

If you no longer want to encrypt the startup disk, or when you get rid of your Mac, it’s a good idea to disable FileVault. This is how you do it:

  1. Open the System Preferences of your Mac (Book);
  2. Go to ‘Security and privacy’ and then choose the second tab: ‘FileVault’;
  3. Click on the padlock at the bottom to edit the settings;
  4. Enter the administrator username and password;
  5. Click on ‘Disable FileVault’.

The decryption process, i.e. the removal of the extra security layer, takes place in the background. It is important that your Mac is not in sleep mode and plugged into an electrical outlet. You can check the decryption progress in the FileVault section under the heading ‘Security and privacy’.

Secure your Mac

From internet banking, typing documents to browsing, you do everything on your Mac. So check out our basic tips to keep your Mac secure. Security does not have to be difficult at all.

It is important to always be careful, because internet criminals also go with the times. An example of this is phishing, in which malicious parties try to extract personal data. Read our tips against phishing to protect yourself.

Habibur Rahman

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