Center for Information Technology


Do not use any product on a college-owned computer that would prohibit or inhibit the ability of CIT to effect repairs, as needed. In addition, beware of using any product that encrypts your personal computer’s entire hard drive (i.e., File Vault on a Mac). If you forget the login and master passwords, you will not be able to recover any of your data.

Refer to the following encryption tools recommended by CIT.

FileVault uses the latest government-approved encryption standard, the Advanced Encryption Standard with 128-bit keys (AES-128).

College-Owned Computers

To use FileVault on your college-owned device, contact CIT.

Personal Computers

To use FileVault on your personal device, refer to Apple's FileVault support page.

If you lose both your account password and your FileVault recovery key, you won't be able to log in to your Mac or access the data on your startup disk.

When you turn on FileVault, you also set up a master password for the computer that you or an administrator can use if you forget your regular login password.