An Unencrypted Look at FileVault
Subject:   FileVault and sleep mode for Laptop Users ..
Date:   2003-12-20 20:51:38
From:   anonymous2
Most laptop users do not logout. They just close their screens and put their computer into sleep mode. For these users, the protection layer is just their user passwords which unlocks the screen. This password I believe is less secure than the FileVault password no?

Also, what about multiple users? Can a user who is logged in via ssh see the contents of the FileVault user?


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  • FJ de Kermadec photo FileVault and sleep mode for Laptop Users ..
    2003-12-21 13:46:26  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    You can use FileVault in combination with the screen saver lock feature. However, it is true that using the screen saver lock does not log you out and, therefore, does not "close" the vault.

    Therefore, you should not rely on the screen saver to protect your computer over a long period of time it is a convenient way to protect it when you are away from your keyboard for a few seconds but has not been designed to fulfill the same purpose than FileVault.

    FileVault does not change the normal Mac OS X permissions system and the usual permissions-related safeguards continue to work normally.

    Let me know if this helps !