Stupid Simple Security Tips #2 – FileVault – Are You Part of the 74 Percenters?

Stupid Simple Security Tips #2 – FileVault – Are You Part of the 74 Percenters?

By Tom Lambotte | December 11, 2020

You don’t want your computer to get hacked — no one does.

Duh, right?

Sadly, according to the 2020 ABA Legal Tech Report, only 26% of you sharp lawyers out there use whole/full disk encryption!

Shame on you, 74 percenters!

Thankfully, Mac users have FileVault, macOS’ built-in encryption utility. 

Let’s make your time reading this post worthwhile.

First, check if it’s already enabled (verify for increased peace of mind)

Open System Preferences and Choose Security and Privacy

Does it say “FileVault is turned on for the disk…”?

If yes, good job, you’re part of the 26% doing that right already. Hit delete on this email, there is nothing else, unless the PS intrigues you.

If no, you’re part of that 74%. Let’s fix it and increase your security in a big way. Go to Apple’s link that walks you through step by step how to enable full disk encryption.

When FileVault is turned on, your Mac always requires that you log in with your account password. 

Crucial points:

  1. If you lose both your account password and your FileVault recovery key, you won’t be able to log in to your Mac or access the data on your startup disk.
  • Therefore, store your recovery key in a secure place, we recommend your password manager, like 1Password.

Good job, we’re moving the needles on the bad stats reported in the ABA’s Legal Tech Trend Report.

You’ve earned your security badge for the day!

  • December 11, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.