Protecting your data helps ensure that your information is available when you need it and helps prevent others from accessing and using it without your knowledge. Your data may include research data, assignments, CVs, resumes, lecture notes and other documents; digital photos; financial information; and online calendars, e-mail address books, browser bookmarks and downloads from the Internet.
There are many ways you can lose data, either accidentally (if it is deleted, corrupted or if your computer is damaged) or as the result of theft or a virus attack. If you take steps to protect your data, you can help prevent its loss, or if lost, you will be able to restore your data from your backup copies.
How data generated and used for University business is managed at the U of S is governed by policies. The Data Management, Data Access and Data Use Policy governs use and responsibilities. The Computer Use Policy defines the acceptable use of the University's computing facilities.
Protecting your data includes:
ICT recommends that you take the following steps to protect your personal data:
You can protect access to your computer in a number of ways.
It is important to store your data in a safe place.
If you accidentally lose data stored on your computer, it may be possible to recover it with ICT's Data Services which include data recovery, transfers and purges.