Mac Os Encrypt Flash Drive

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Jun 27, 2019  To be honest, unless you encrypt the drive, anybody who gets a hold of it will be able to read your data. Luckily, there are apps that allow for quick and easy encryption, regardless of the operating system you are using. However, there is a catch if you use the drive on different computers and operating systems. Nov 06, 2018  Mac computers that have the Apple T2 Security Chip integrate security into both software and hardware to provide encrypted-storage capabilities.Data on the built-in, solid-state drive (SSD) is encrypted using a hardware-accelerated AES engine built into the T2 chip. The APFS is the default used in the newer Mac operating system, also known as macOS 10.13 High Sierra — and is optimized for flash drives. Hierarchical File System (HFS) Plus The HFS+ filesystem, also known as Mac OS Extended, is used by Apple to encrypt removable media on older versions of macOS. Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” and later operating systems make it easy to do a full disk encryption of these flash drives. You can also easily encrypt Secure Digital “SD” cards too! SD cards are typically what is used in digital cameras to record the images taken with the camera. Mar 26, 2019  With that in mind, here’s how to securely encrypt your USB flash drive. Attach the USB flash drive to your Mac and locate its disk icon on your desktop, in a Finder window, or in the Finder sidebar, then right-click (or Ctrl-click) it and select Encrypt “USB stick name” from the contextual menu.

Updated by Tim to Bitlocker for Mac Tips on July 5th, 2019

Encrypting a portable USB flash drive is a great way to protect sensitive data so as no other persons except you can open and modify the files. This guide will demonstrate how to securely encrypt a USB flash drive within macOS so that the data stored on it cannot be read nor accessed without entering a secure password.

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This article will introduce two solutions to encrypt USB flash drive on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra.

Solution 1: Encrypt USB flash drive with Bitlocker on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra

Truecrypt is not secure. With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) now in full force, we have to make our drives being encrypted.

Up to now, Bitlocker is the most truely secure encryption solution built-in Windows. Although Microsoft has not implemented Bitlocker client for macOS, but with the help of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac, encrypting USB flash drive with Bitlocker can be done on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra/Sierra and Mac OS X.

If you are a cross platform user, Bitlocker is the best choice to encrypt your USB flash drive and Bitlocker encrypted USB flash drive can be easily accessed on Windows without an extra software.

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Tutorial to encrypt/password protect USB flash drive with Bitlocker on macOS

Step 1: Download and install M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac on your Mac computer.

Step 2: Insert USB flash drive (The file system must be NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT) into your Mac computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac.

Step 4: Click 'Encrypt' button in toolbar of M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac.

Step 5: Select USB flash drive and then click Encrypt.

Step 6: Enter the password.

Step 7: Save the recovery key.

Step 8: After Bitlocker drive encryption completes, the USB flash drive will be password protected and then we can use M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac to read/write Bitlocker encrypted USB flash drive on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8 Operating Systems.

Solution 2: Encrypt USB flash drive with FileVault on macOS Catalina/Mojave/High Sierra

FileVault is a disk encryption tool built in Mac OS X El Capitan and later version, but USB flash drive encrypted with FileVault cannot be opened by Windows. The password you choose to encrypt your USB flash drive cannot be changed once the encryption completes.

Tutorial to encrypt USB flash drive with FileVault

Macos Encrypt Flash Drive

Step 1: Insert your USB flash drive into your Mac computer.

Step 2: Open the Finder and right click USB flash drive in the left sidebar.

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Step 3: Select Encrypt.

Step 4: Enter the password and confirm a password.

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Step 5: Encryption will take a few minutes; once complete, you USB flash drive will be fully protected with a password.

Mac Os Encrypt Flash Drive

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