Get secure with FileVault

Last week I told you about the benefits of setting up a new computer using the Apple App Store for Mac. This was a HUGE time saver, as I was able to log into my Apple account and merely click the applications that I wanted to install on my new hard drive. Today I wanted to talk about securing the new system.
I use my laptop to access a lot of servers, desktop computer, firewalls and the like. Most of the applications that I use to help me store the login information internally, so if someone had access to my account they would have, at least some of, the keys to the various kingdoms we work for. This is a potential security risk me the companies that we work for. As a means to keep everything as safe as possible, I turn on Apple's built in FileVault system. Doing this encrypts the entire hard drive, so if my laptop should fall into the hands of someone with bad intents, they would first have to break the encryption of the hard drive before they could have access to anything. Not an easy task, and not possible for most individuals.
Turning on FileVault couldn't be easier. One simply needs to open System Preferences, navigate to the "Security & Privacy" pane click the FileVault tab and click the "Turn On FileVault" button. You will be presented with a recovery key that you will want to store somewhere off of your computer as this key will allow you to recover your system in case you forget your password. I put mine in 1Password which syncs to other devices, but you can also choose to store the key with Apple. Once you make note of the recovery key your computer will go though the process of encrypting your system. It all happens in the background and you can continue to work while it's encrypting.
There doesn't seem to be much of a performance hit with FileVault turned on, but I do notice that the computer takes just a bit longer to shutdown. I assume that this is due to the re-encrypting everything when shutting down. The only caveat I have with FileVault is that there is no option to disable the password prompt after the screen saver or sleep has started, but you can delay how long it has to be before it prompts you.