Sensitive files should always be encrypted or password-protected. If there are many files that are sensitive, consider creating an encrypted folder within which to store them.
Encryption of files on Home ('H') and Group ('G') Drives
Files and folders on your Home ('H') and Group ('G') drives may be encrypted as follows:
- Right-click the folder or file you want to encrypt, and then click Properties
- Click the General tab, and then click Advanced
- Select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, click OK, and then click OK again)
Encryption of files on Research Drives ('P', 'R')
The method for encrypting files on Group ('G') and Home ('H') drives will not work on Research Drives ('P' and 'R' drives). To encrypt files on these drives, consider using encryption software such as VeraCrypt.If you do not have administrator privileges for installing VeraCrypt (or other) software on your computer, contact ICT (1500) for support.
Follow the instructions to create a 'container' or 'volume' within which you can place (and encrypt) your sensitive data. In following the instructions, Be sure to create your container/volume on your Research Drive, so it is under backup control.
In brief, to encrypt files using Veracrypt software, you do the following:
- Create an encrypted 'container/volume' on your Project Drive. (As part of this process, you will be asked to designate a password for subsequently mounting the created volume.)
- 'Mount' the volume and assign a drive letter to it.
- Transfer your sensitive files to the mounted volume
- 'Unmount' the volume
You can gain access to your sensitive data files later by remounting the container created in step 1. (This will require you providing your designated password.)