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Stolen Time Machine Backup drive - security questions

1224 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2008 12:25 PM by V.K. RSS
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Jun 6, 2008 10:50 AM

I had my Time Machine Backup drive stolen out of my bag at the airport. My question is, is there any security on the drive? i know its not encrypted, but i'm wondering if someone can plug the drive into another computer and have full access to all of my files w/o any need for password etc?

2.4 GHZ Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,915 points)
    Yes is the short answer.

    If you were using File Vault, I think your backups would be encrypted too, but I don't use File Vault so I don't know for certain.

    What I do is create a small encrypted disk image and store all of my sensitive information such as passwords, etc. on it. Your keychain on MacOS X is similarly encrypted, so those passwords are automatically safe. But any documents you had or e-mail messages, or address book info is all available.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 1.83Ghz/2GB Ram/160 HD et al.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    yes it would require a mac unless that PC has software like macdrive to read HFS+ formatted disks.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.3), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz


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