Got a new MacBook? You Need to Change This Setting ASAP
Congratulations on your new MacBook! Now that you’ve unboxed and set it up, there’s one crucial setting you need to change immediately. It might appear trivial but is essential for your privacy, security, and overall user experience.
This critical adjustment is enabling FileVault encryption on your MacBook’s hard drive. FileVault is an inbuilt feature in macOS designed to protect your data by encrypting your hard drive. The feature works seamlessly in the background, not affecting your computer’s performance.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to enable FileVault:
1. Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
2. Access Security & Privacy: In the System Preferences window, find and click on “Security & Privacy.”
3. Open FileVault tab: Within Security & Privacy, navigate to the FileVault tab.
4. Unlock settings (if necessary): If the settings are locked, click on the lock icon at the bottom-left corner of the window. You’ll have to enter your administrator password to proceed.
5. Enable FileVault: Click “Turn On FileVault” button. You’ll be presented with two options for a recovery key: using your iCloud account or creating a local recovery key. We recommend choosing the option that suits you best.
6. Agree to Restart: Once you’ve enabled FileVault and chosen your recovery key option, a prompt will ask you for permission to restart your MacBook so that encryption can begin.
7. Restart and wait: As soon as your MacBook restarts, FileVault will encrypt your hard drive in the background without slowing down your computer or interfering with apps and tasks.
By harnessing the power of encryption, FileVault keeps unauthorized users from accessing or tampering with your data in case of theft or loss. Encryption ensures that only someone who has either the password to your MacBook, the iCloud recovery, or the local recovery key can retrieve the data.
Don’t wait another second! Secure your new MacBook’s hard drive by enabling FileVault and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your data is safe and protected.