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Ten Things You Might Not Know About FileVault 2

December 18, 2014 22 comments

One of the changes that Steve Jobs briefly mentioned in the course of the WWDC 2011 keynote address was that Apple had revamped its FileVault encryption solution for Mac OS X 10.7.x, changing it from encryption that primarily protected your accounts home folder to encryption that protects your whole boot volume. Since that initial announcement, FileVault 2 has evolved into an encryption solution that can be easily managed by both home users and enterprises alike.

That said, almost every technology solution has details and parts that aren’t generally well known and FileVault 2 is not different in that regard. To help Mac admins who are managing FileVault 2 in their own environment, I’ve put together a list of 10 things I’ve run across in my work with FileVault 2 that I’ve either been asked about frequently or which seem to be completely undocumented by Apple. Most of these I’ve previously documented in one form or another, so some of these may seem familiar. See below the jump for the list.

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