Encryption Software - Macintosh Whole Disk Encryption

Last Updated: 08/09/2017


Intel-based Macintosh systems can use PGP to perform whole disk encryption.

Before You Begin

  1. You must be running Mac OS 10.8 - 10.10.2 (Intel Platform).
  2. Do not upgrade your Mac OS while you are already running PGP Whole disk encryption. You must decrypt your system first. Not decrypting prior to upgrading your mac could cause a complete loss of data.
  3. Make sure you have an Intel-based Mac. PGP will NOT work on a PowerPC Mac.
  4. Admin access is required for installation.
  5. Encryption can take a long time depending on your disk size, from several minutes to several hours. Make sure your computer will have adequate time to perform this task uninterrupted.
  6. Download PGP software from cuservices at:

Important notes:

  • Fresh installs of the MP7 maintenance pack, may require two reboots.
  • CoreStorage should be disabled on Macbooks for best performance.

Known Issue

There are currently a couple of major issues with the functionality of PGP and Macintosh computers:

  • MacBook Air (Model 5,2) or a MacBook Pro (Model 10,1) are not booting properly after authenticating the PGP WDE Bootguard screen when laptop is encrypted with the current release of PGP Whole Disk Encryption for Macs. Learn more on the PGP Known Issues page.