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It is important, and required, that your MacBook is secured for use on the Indiana University network. This includes having lock-screens with passwords, or passphrases of a required minimum length to access the MacBook; a specified time out period of inactivity in which the device will go to a lock-screen; encryption of the devices' storage unit; and the ability to remotely wipe or lock the device in the case of loss or theft. To help meet these security measures, all new MacBooks will be encrypted, and enrolled in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) made available by UITS. Encryption of the storage unit on a MacBook ensures that only authorized users can login to the device, and in the event the laptop were to be stolen, the encrypted data on the storage device cannot be assessed, even if the storage device is installed in another laptop. Enrolling the MacBook in the DEP gives staff the ability to remotely lock, or wipe the MacBook should it become lost or stolen.


  • Open System Preferences, and click on the Security & Privacy icon.
  • In the box that opens, authenticate with your administrative username and password, then click on FileVault. (This account must have administrative access).
  • Click on the 'Turn On FileVault...' button.
  • You will see a new box where you will be given a choice of using an iCloud account to store the 'recovery key', or to create the key, and not use an iCloud account. (All MacBooks set up by SoIC staff will not use iCloud).
  • If you select 'Create a recovery key and do not use my iCloud account', and then click 'Continue', a long, alphanumeric recovery key will appear. Copy and save this key in a safe place, other than the computer itself. If you forget your password, this key can be used to gain access. (If you forget your password, and don't have this recovery key, your data will be lost.)


If you need assistance, or have questions about any of this, please contact an SoIC IT staff member. (