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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials by Kevin M. White

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Lesson 11. FileVault 2

Goals

• Understand how FileVault 2 helps protect your data

• Enable FileVault 2 protection

• Recover a FileVault 2 system when all passwords are lost

Prior to OS X Lion, the Apple solution for protecting user data involved encrypting just the user’s home folder content. This system, now dubbed Legacy FileVault, came with a list of caveats that prevented many system features and third-party software from behaving as expected. Further, it did not meet the security requirements of many organizations that require full-disk encryption.

While third-party solutions for full-disk encryption did emerge for previous versions of OS X, they often exhibited issues whenever Apple updated hardware or software. If Apple elected to make ...

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