What do I need to do to activate local encryption in SecureSafe with Apple Silicon Mac?

Learn how to install SecureSafe on a Mac running on the latest Apple SiliconM1 chip.

Apple introduced the new M1 chip architecture in November 2020. Apps that rely on virtualization can therefore not be executed. The SecureSafe DesktopApp runs a virtual file system, which is used as soon as encryption is activated. Another example of software that uses a virtual file system is Parallels Desktop.

SecureSafe uses FUSE for this reason. It is a system extension developed by a third party named Benjamin Fleischer. In macOS 11.2.x, however, there is a bug that can prevent the execution of third-party kernel extensions. According to information from FUSE developer Benjamin Fleischer, this will be changed in the future, and if you are running an M1 Mac, there is a workaround described below. Follow the instructions below and you can use your favorite app on an M1 Mac again.

Step 1: Download MacFUSE here: https://osxfuse.github.io/

Step 2: Open the .dmg file and

Step 3: Allow the execution

Step 4: Start the installer and click through the wizard.  

Step 5: Enter your user name and password.

Step 6: Complete the installation by opening the Security & Privacy settings.

Step 7: Go to Security & Privacy

Step 8: Click on the lock icon at the bottom left and then on the Activate system extension button.

Step 9: Click on the shutdown button

Step 10:

Restart your Mac with reduced security. After the beep, press and hold the power button until you see the startup options. You will then see the startup options. Use "Reduced security". Go to Utilities > Startup Security Utility and select "Reduced Security". Select both checkboxes and click OK.

Select anAdmin user and click "Next"; then enter the password when prompted.

Step 11: Select the hard disk you want to reboot.  

Step 12: Select "Reduced security" and check the first option.  

Step 13: Enter your password.

Step 14: Shut down your Mac.

Step 15: After restarting from recovery mode, open the system settings and go to "Security & Privacy".

Step 16: Click on the lock icon and click on the "Allow" button

Step 17: You will be prompted to restart your Mac one more time. Press the Restart button.

Last step: Start with the SecureSafe desktop app