Sensitive Data Shield - Getting Started

Sensitive Data Shield, available in the latest version of Avast Premier and Avast Internet Security, scans and protects your personal sensitive documents against unauthorized access and malware. The files considered as sensitive contain your personal information which, if revealed, can compromise your privacy and identity.

Scan your PC for sensitive documents

  1. Open the Avast user interface, go to PrivacySensitive Data Shield.
  2. Click Scan now.
  3. The Sensitive Data Shield starts scanning your PC for sensitive documents. If you want to stop scanning, click Stop scan.

The basic functionality of Sensitive Data Shield is also integrated into Smart Scan which can be run from ProtectionScansRun Smart Scan.

Review 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
  • Other sensitive documents

These documents may contain your personal data. If malware or hackers attack your PC and get access to these documents, your identity can be stolen and misused.

  1. Click a category to display the details of the sensitive documents that have been found.
  2. To open a document, click the preview icon next to the document's details.

Protect your data

  1. After scanning your PC for sensitive documents and reviewing the scan results, click Protect all at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click Done to confirm the action. In some cases, you may be prompted to decide if a document should be protected.

Your sensitive data is 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.

Manage acccess to your sensitive documents

  1. Open the Avast user interface, go to PrivacySensitive Data Shield.
  2. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner.
  3. You can manage the following settings:
    • Check and specify who has access to your documents: By default, access to your documents is restricted to the authors and owners of the documents. We recommend keeping this option enabled at all times. However, if you want to disable this option, click the green slider next to Restrict document access to only authorized users so that it changes to red.
    • Check and specify a list of applications that are blocked or allowed to access your sensitive documents: The list is empty at the beginning. When an attempt to access the sensitive content is discovered by Sensitive Data Shield, it displays a detection dialog and allows you to decide which list a detected application should be added to.
  • Avast Premier 19.x
  • Avast Internet Security 19.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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