Research data must be kept securely, especially if they contain confidential or sensitive (personal) data.
With a number of simple measures you can ensure the physical security of your research data:
The computer you use to consult, process and store your data, must be secured:
Do not use passwords on your UvA computer only, but also on your laptop or home computer. If necessary, you can also secure individual files with a password.
If securing by means of a password does not suffice, you might consider to encrypt your data by means of encryption software. By coding the data, your files will become unreadable to anyone who does not have the correct encryption key. You may code an individual file, but also (part of) a hard disk or USB stick.
Instead of encryption software, you could also use a ZIP program, such as WinZip or 7-Zip. ZIP software is meant to compress files, so that they take up less space, but it also has a strong encryption option.
You can also encrypt files that you store in cloud services (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc.).
In order to transfer files securely, you can use SURF FileSender.
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