Encryption Software - Macintosh Whole Disk Encryption

Last Updated: 10/31/2013


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

Important Notes

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

  • Users currently encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption or SEE Full Disk Encryption for Macs do NOT upgrade to Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) when made available by Apple. Upgrades to new Mac OS X versions have caused issues in the past.  Learn more…
  • 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…

Before You Begin

  1. You must be running either Mac OS 10.5 or Mac OS 10.6 (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: