Encryption is the best way to protect your sensitive data. When we save some important data, we love to keep them secure. If you leave your Mac logged in office or at your home then there may be the chance of hacking or unauthorized access of your data whether you are working on Mac , Windows or Linux. In these conditions, encryption helps you to manage your data.
Encryption is the way to change your data into unreadable form by using advance algorithm. Initially, data encryption was being used by military people to protect the sensitive information before internet era. Now, data encryption is used in every field like shopping, banking, money transaction etc.
Mac OS X provides an in-built encryption utility which helps you to keep your data secure.
If you want to protect single iWork or PDF document, you can do it easily via iWork application. You can do it through encrypted disk image.
Disk Utility helps you to create image of your data:-.
- Click on Disk Utility (located in Applications/Utilities).
- Click on File menu, select new blank disk image.
- A dialog box appear, choose a name for your disk image and the location where you would like to keep them.
- Click to Create, you will be prompted to enter your password.
- To choose the password that is easy to remember and hard to crack, you have to open Password Assistant by just clicking on the button next to password field.
- Next deselect the “Remember Password” option before pressing OK.
- After Images are Created, you would run any of image, you will be prompt for the password.
- After entering correct password, it will mount disk image to desktop.
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Tools which provide you the best encryption method to protect Mac data:-
Stellar Drive ToolBox is one of the famous tool to optimize your Mac , it is a complete pack of 12 utilities and Mac data encryptor is one of them. This data encryptor utility helps you to encrypt your data to that level where no other utility can decrypt it. There are many advance algorithms which are used by this encryption tool. After encryption, you can hide those files for extra security purpose.
Features of Mac Data encryptor:
- It provides ultimate security to your data.
- You can encrypt selected files and folders as per your requirement.
- It provides an option to hide your encrypted files and you can verify, whether the listed hidden files really exist in the system or not.
- It encrypts files to such level that other utility cannot decrypt it.
Encryption utility of Stellar Drive ToolBox uses six standard data encryption algorithms, such as – Blowfish – ECB, Blowfish – CBC, Blowfish – CFB, AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256.
Mac OS X has the one more in-built tool to keep your data secure- Using File Vault
FileVault is a way of automatically encrypting your data for security purpose, it was introduced back with OS X 10.3 (Panther). It helps to encrypt and decrypt the user’s home folder but, if you forget password by mistakenly, you never recover them. With the introduction of Lion, Apple introduced FileVault 2. The File Vault 2 is differ with File Vault in operation as it can encrypt the entire hard disk.
Data encryption is not just for high-level area/people. It’s for everyone who wishes to protect the contents of their Mac hard drive from unauthorized access, malicious sabotage etc. Ability of File Vault depends on running version of Mac.
FileVault 2 also supports incremental backup and recovery with Apple’s built-in Time Machine backup software and offers an user recovery key if you have forgotten the FileVault 2 password. Also, this recovery key can be stored on your Apple device and it will encrypts the key. Thus it provides authorized access by providing three security questions.
How to Enable FileVault 2:-
- Open system preference and choose security and privacy.
- Select FileVault and click Turn On FileVault.
If you have a multiple users, you can specify particular user who will be allowed to decrypt the Mac disk. To do so, you have to just put your password. After successful log-in, you would be presented with the master password or recover key, but as we know the it is too complicated to keep safe, so the Apple is provided with the option of storing the password and key at its server so that if any misplace, user can access the drive with the server help.
- Next, As you click on Turn ‘ON’, a window will be pop-up and you will be asked to choose password.
- Select FileVault tab and then click ‘Turn On’ option.
- As you click on Turn ‘ON’, a window will be pop-up and you will be asked to choose password.
- Once all user accounts have a password associated with the account, click continue . This password key is used when the master password is lost, one can recover their data by using it.
- When you would click ‘OK’ you will be asked to whether or not you would like to store your password with Apple server.
- After that, you have to restart your system
FileVault is one of the trusted utility which helps to keep your data secure.
Author section:- Jyoti Roy is a Mac OS X lover and interested to share new research and ideas with people. She has expertization in optimize Mac tips, defrag Mac, backup Mac hard drive, Mac data encryption etc..