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Subject:   How to turn off FireVault
Date:   2006-06-06 23:45:22
From:   Wolf175
Response to: How to turn off FireVault

Dear FJ
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I am glad, I still found your site in the internet, because in the meantime my iMac collapsed and I lost - amongst many other things - all my bookmarks.
If I am not mistaken, my iMac has to open each day (during my trips abroad) for a few minutes in order to receive my mail from my POP-account and forward it to my Hotmail-account, where I can read it in hotels etc. In order to open the computer with the FireVault-protection working, I had to type in my password ...
That is, why I wanted to disable it.
After reading your letter, I decided to disregard that erroneous message about having to delete over 4000 GBs (I thought, machines make no mistakes ...) and simply threw out all my music. That helped. I could disable the FireVault.
But then I tried to install and use TECHTOOL PRO Version 4 in order to defragmentize my HD. - That was more, than my iMac could take. I could not start it again and had to re-install the system (which solved the fragmentization ;-).
After the nervous breakdown of my iMac, I decided, that it is simpler for him/her, if I take out any information, that should not be read by intruders.
Thanks and Cheers! Wolf175
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    2006-06-07 12:28:33  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    You are most welcome, it is always a pleasure to hear from my readers!

    I see… Yes, you would indeed need your Mac to log in automatically so as to forward messages from the client side. Most email providers however offer the ability to automatically "forward" messages you receive to another address — a feature usually available through an account control panel of some sort. This would allow you to deflect messages from your POP account to your Hotmail address without the need for your Mac to get involved in the process.