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Sensitive Data Shield

This Article Applies to:

  • Small Office Protection


Sensitive Data Shield scans and protects your personal sensitive documents against unauthorized access and malware. The files considered as sensitive contain your personal information which, if revealed, could compromise your privacy and identity. Sensitive Data Shield controls which applications and users have access to your files to secure your private data.

Scanning for Sensitive Data

  1. Open the Small Office Protection UI
  2. Click Privacy, then Sensitive Data Shield
  3. Click Scan Sensitive Documents

Reviewing Scan Results

After scanning, Sensitive Data Shield displays an overview of sensitive documents that were found on your PC. Documents are sorted into several categories, such as:

  • Tax documents
  • Payroll documents
  • Employment documents
  • Plane tickets
  • Travel documents

These documents may contain your personal data. If malware or hackers attack your PC and get access to these documents, your identity could be stolen and misused. To protect your sensitive data, select the check boxes beside the document(s) and click Protect All, then Done. Your sensitive data files will then be protected. If any untrusted application, malware, or user who is not logged into your Windows account tries to access your protected files, Sensitive Data Shield blocks access or prompts you to confirm if the access attempt should be blocked.

Sensitive Data Shield Settings

You can access these settings by clicking Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to Privacy ▸ Sensitive Data Shield.

Restrict document access to this Windows account: prevents anyone logged in to other Windows accounts on the same device from opening documents protected by this Shield

Adding Allowed and Blocked Applications

  1. Navigate to Menu ▸ Settings, then navigating to General ▸ Blocked & Allowed Apps
    • Alternatively, you can click View allowed / blocked apps on the Privacy ▸ Sensitive Data Shield page
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To block an app, click Block App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
    • To allow an app, click Allow App, then select the app from the list or click Select App Path and browse to the application .exe
  3. Click Add

You can edit any item in these lists by clicking the three dots beside the application in the list and selecting either Change blocked features or Remove.