Can a Mac HDD be password protected?

Posted on 2010-01-06
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We are currently adding HDD password protection to all our Windows laptops. I have 2 users that have Mac Powerbooks (OS 10.5.8) with which I have no experience. Can a similar HDD protection scheme be used with Macs? If not are there any suggestions for security on Macs?
Question by:Buckeroo_Banzai
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I would suggest enabling FileVault - an encryption on the user's home folder.

See here for a how-too: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=mac/10.5/en/8736.html

Also, you could set a firmware password to stop users from using target mode, netboot, cd boot, safe boot etc. See near the bottom of this page for 10.5.x instructions: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1352


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