3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2008 12:25 PM by V.K.
Graham - Sonos Level 1 (0 points)

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 (27,828 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.
  • Graham - Sonos Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the reply. Not the answer i was hoping for. I have some of my most sensitive stuff in a dmg with a password, but lots of emails etc that are not.

    Was thinking since time machine uses the new zfs (or whatever its called that allows multiple links to files) would it at least require a mac to mount the disk? can windows read it?

  • V.K. Level 9 (56,110 points)
    yes it would require a mac unless that PC has software like macdrive to read HFS+ formatted disks.