FileVault

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FileVault is a disk encryption program in Mac OS X 10.3 and later.

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FileVault review by <span>Simon C.</span>
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FileVault helps us increasing our data security, but have a few downsides

What do you like best?

FileVault data encryption is built-in into latest version of MacOS and for this reason it's totally seamless. FileVault also uses the most modern data encryptions protocols what making it very secure.

What do you dislike?

In opposite to other data encryption software such as Microsoft BitLocker, FileVault seems to affect computers performance badly, even the latest generation of MacBook Pro with extremely fast SSD drives. Moreover, FileVault have a few "known issues" that several users reported and that we experience in our company too, where some computers refuse to boot because of some kind of corruption with FileVault, so we had to turn off encryption (de-encrypt all datas) to get computer booting back again and then turn it on again, then it work for a few months. We experienced this issue on MacOS Sierra (10.11) but not so far with MacOS High-Sierra (10.12), however since High Sierra is on the market for only 2 months and that FileVault remain unchanged in this version, we anticipate some issues later. Another known issue with FileVault is in business environment where computers are hooked to Active Directory for account password management, there's often some poor syncing between AD password and FileVault password causing headache to users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need extremely high performance from your computer, such as movie or graphic processing, I would not recommend turning on FileVault because it surely decrease SSD speed by 15%. If you are having a older Mac computer with rotating hard drive, forget FileVault definitely.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileVault improve a lot our data security especially on laptop computers that are always on the move and than are at higher risk to be stolen. Even with a strong profile password, anyone can stole datas by booting the laptop in "Target Mode" or by removing physically the hard drive/SSD. However with FileVault enabled, it's making data theft impossible.

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FileVault review by <span>David F.</span>
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Work with students in enterprise to establish firevault if needed

What do you like best?

It is a good security feature to help guard files in case of theft or any malicious intent.

What do you dislike?

It can cause problems if there is any hard drive failure or if any work needs to be done it can cause issues. In addition if your password is to be forgotten then there can be severe data loss

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileVault is used in situations where students are concerned for safety and security of their computers files

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FileVault review by User in Consumer Goods
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Apple file vault

What do you like best?

I can encrypt my system without much difference being made to my computer or files

What do you dislike?

Always the possibility of losing all info

Recommendations to others considering the product

File vault continues to improve! Protect yourself!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have important information, passwords, files, etc. On system that can be protected.

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