File Encryption – On a Mac System

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1st January – File Encryption – On a Mac System

In this video we will go through how you can go about encrypting and decrypting a file on your Mac Computer. In this particular video I will show you how to encrypt and file and decrypt it via terminal on a Mac. To encrypt a file paste this into the command line(delete the square brackets so the text is on its own):

openssl enc -e -aes-256-cbc -in [drag the file you want to encrypt here] -out [enter the path you want the encrypted file to be outputted to]

To decrypt a file paste the following command and type in your information where the square brackets are(delete the square brackets so the text is on its own)

openssl enc -d -aes-256-cbc -in [drag file that you want to decrypt here] -out [enter the path where you want the decrypted file to be stored]

You can use this same syntax to encrypt folders, multiple files and entire drives but there are other alternative ways to carry out data encryption for drives so I wouldn’t suggest using this to protect an entire drive. This is also another way to password protect folders or files but this will also encrypt the file even if you get the password correct for extra security. This method will in a sense lock your file or folder and password protect your folders and files so you will need to decrypt it to read or edit its contents and if you are sending this to anybody they will have to know the password and how to decrypt the file.

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