How to choose the best BitLocker for Mac software?

Updated by Tim to BitLocker for Mac Tips on January 12th, 2021

With GDPR(General Data Protection Regulation) now in full force we have been rolling out BitLocker to our work to help minimise the impact of any data loss. One barrier we quickly ran into was that there is no BitLocker client for macOS which is a pretty major issue for staff who only have access to a Mac at home. We are quite surprised by this, Microsoft have a few Mac clients for their protocols and to not have one for removable device encryption seems to be a big gap in BitLocker becoming the industry standard.

Up to now, there are several BitLocker for Mac software, such as  M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac, Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac, iSumsoft BitLocker Reader for Mac, Dislocker. How to choose the best one to meet our needs? Please read on or see the product comparison...

How to choose the best BitLocker for Mac tool

We will guide you how to choose the best BitLocker for Mac tool according to the features of the above tools and your needs.

1. Compatible with the latest macOS Big Sur?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: Yes.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

2. Work with Apple Silicon M1 Mac?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

3. They can mount BitLocker encrypted drive on your Mac?

The core feature of these tools is to mount BitLocker encrypted drive in Finder, so the first comparison is whether they can mount BitLocker encrypted drive in read-write mode on your Mac or not:

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: Yes.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: Yes.

With iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac, you can only import and export files from the built-in file manager, it is not very easy-to-use.

4. Read/write speed

Read/write speed is the important performance when using BitLocker for Mac tool.

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: same as your native drive.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: Slow.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: Slow.
  • Dislocker: Slow.

Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac and Dislocker use a osxfuse based mechanism to read/write BitLocker encrypted drive, so the read/write speed is slow.

5. Can mount BitLocker encrypted drive in same physical drive?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac uses a self-developed driver to read/write BitLocker encrypted drive so that the mounted BitLocker encrypted is still a same physical drive, while Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac and Dislocker use a osxfuse based mechanism to read/write BitLocker encrypted drive so that the mounted BitLocker encrypted is a virtual drive which cannot be read/written by other applications.

6. Highly integrated BitLocker drive into Finder and Disk Utility?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

7. Can operate BitLocker drive as same as a native drive?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

8. No other application required?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: Yes.
  • Dislocker: No.

9. Mount NTFS drive in read-write mode?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: No.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

10. Easy-to-use UI?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: Yes.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: Yes.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: No.
  • Dislocker: No.

Dislocker is a command line tool, so it is very complex for general users who don't have technical knowledge.

11. Price?

  • M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac: US$39.95.
  • Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac: US$19.95.
  • iSumsoft BitLocker Genius for Mac: US$19.95.
  • Dislocker: Free.

Product comparison

Features M3 BitLocker Loader for Mac Hasleo BitLocker Anywhere for Mac iSumsoft BitLocker Reader for Mac Dislocker
Driver mechanism Self-developed driver osxfuse osxfuse
Compatible with macOS Big Sur
Work with Apple Silicon M1 Mac
Mout BitLocker encrypted drive in read-write mode
Mount NTFS drive in read-write mode
Export/Import files with built-in file manager
The mounted BitLocker drive is a physical drive
Read/write speed Fast Slow Slow Slow
Highly integrated BitLocker drive into Finder and Disk Utility so that you can operate the mounted BitLocker drive as same as your Mac's native drive
Tag, airdrop, sync files in BitLocker encrypted drive
No other application required
Easy-to-use
Price US$39.95 US$19.95 US$19.95 Free

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