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How To Encrypt Your Apple Devices: Mac, iPhone, And iPad Backups

It is becoming increasingly important to encrypt your Apple device’s backup, in a world of cyber theft, low privacy, and data breach.

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Apple has been solid when it comes to security for its devices, but there is a flaw on the user’s part, their backups.

While these data can be stored, most of the time they are not encryption protected at all.

Here are step-by-step methods to set Apple’s backup for Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices.

The option to encrypt a backup only appears when you're setting up a disk in Time Machine.


Apple’s Desktops Macs can be encrypted using the “Time Machine” App.

*Open Time Machine Preferences from the Time Mchine Menu in the Menu Bar, or from system preferences. Then, select “Backup Disk”, select the drive you intend to use for your Backup.

Afterward, check that “Encrypt Backups” is ticked, then click on “Use Disk”, input your password, verify it and enter a password hint in case you forget.

To finish backup encryption on Mac Os, Click “Encrypt Disk” and then the encryption process will start.

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iPhone & iPad

If you are already allowing iOS and iPad OS to automatically backup your data to iCloud, then your data is encrypted.

Even using a passcode for iPhones with iOS 8 and upwards automatically encrypts your data.

These data include your health data, saved password, call history, and more. To start data encryption on your iPhone and iPad to your Mac follow these steps:

You need to tick this box to enable encrypted iPhone backups on your Mac.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac with lightning to USB-C/ USB A cable. Click on the “Finder” option.

In the locations window, select your device. On the General tab, under “Backups” select the box next to “Encrypt Local Backup”. Input and verify a password for the backup, then “Set Password”.

If a padlock shows next to the latest backup of your device, then that means your backup was successfully encrypted.

If you have to remember your passwords for backups, else you lose them when you want to retrieve them.

For a more comprehensive report on Apple device backup using your Mac, kindly read this piece from Apple Insider.



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