What is FileVault encryption? Is it the same as that on an M1 Mac’s internal SSD, or something different? How can you use it instead of overwriting an SSD? Which boot volumes are encrypted?
Securing sensitive data from access by others, and safeguarding it from loss of damage, is common. Solutions range from encrypted images to specialist external disks.
APFS adds 6 volume roles, including one which supports Time Machine backups. And per-file encryption is coming.
Spundle 1.1 adds creation of encrypted sparse bundles, changing their band size, and more.
Tests bring some surprises, with encrypted sparse bundles looking resilient to small amounts of corruption.
What to do, when you can, before taking or sending your Mac in for service or repair. What about FileVault? And Activation Lock?
What if you don’t want whole disk encryption? If your Mac doesn’t have T2, or if you’re using an external drive, encryption is still performed in software. Here’s a good solution.
Dealing with protected PDFs in macOS: fully encrypted, and those with controls such as no printing or copying. Oh dear.
A broken Combo updater, and total lack of release notes (even for developers) may make 10.14.3 look bad, but as development of 10.15 gathers pace, prospects are good for macOS.
Can you trust Disk Utility to securely erase hard drives and SSDs? How to prepare your Mac’s internal storage before selling it, so you don’t give your bank details away with it. And much more.