7/21/11
7:03 pm

Forum Question: Practicality of FileVault

I was wondering what the practicality of using FileVault on Lion was. I know that it encrypts all of your data which sounds like a good thing in the event
of a lost or stolen macbook pro. I was wondering if enabling FileVault would slow down the computer significantly on the start up or at any other point.
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Matt

Comments: One Response to “Practicality of FileVault”

    7/21/11 @ 8:01 pm

    It will slow your computer down. But it should be by only a tiny, almost imperceptible amount.
    Whether to use it really depends on the type of data you have. Work with company secrets or government security, etc? Then yes, your IT department should be telling you to use it.
    Just get email from friends and play games on Facebook? Then probably not as important.
    But in the end it is up to you.
    I use it, but only because it is so much better in Lion (and faster). And if I lose my laptop, I wouldn’t have to worry so much about someone accessing my email and credit card info and such. I’d change all my passwords anyway, but I’d be less stressed about it, you know?

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