This article reviews how to encrypt your College-owned Mac.
Before You Start, you may need access to the following:
- a stable internet connection
- an eligible college-provided Mac
Want to encrypt an email? See Encryption: Emails in Microsoft 365.
FileVault encryption: what and why
Not all devices are eligible to be encrypted. To determine if yours is, check if Disk Encryption is present in Step 2: Encrypt.
- What: FileVault is Apple’s built-in encryption program for Macs.
- Why: Encryption is critical to the security of your device, and ensures your data is protected in the event its lost or stolen.
Encrypt your Mac
Note: The screenshots used below were taken on a device running macOS Big Sur. Prior macOS versions may look different.
Step 1: back up
- Via your Home Drive (H:)*
*Simply move any locally stored files to your mapped H:
For more options, see Backing Up: Why, Where, and How
Step 2: encrypt
- Open Software Center
- On the left-hand pane, click the Featured tab
- Find Disk Encryption, click Encrypt
If Disk Encryption isn’t present:
Your device may not be eligible to be encrypted. Please reach out to the Help Desk if this is the case.
- Wait for the Disk Encryption policy to complete
- Click the Apple Icon () > Log Out
- Log back in
- In the top-center of your screen, click Enable Now
- If prompted*, enter your College username and password
*If you’re not prompted for credentials, skip this step.
- Allow your device some time to complete the process.
Step 3: verify encryption
- Click the Apple Icon () > System Preferences
- Click Security & Privacy
- Click the FileVault tab
- Ensure you see:
- “Turn Off FileVault…”
- “A recovery key has been set.”
If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!
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