Sensitive Data Shield
Access this feature from:
Privacy ▸ Sensitive Data Shield
Sensitive Data Shield is enabled by default. To disable this feature, click the green
Note: This feature is available in
Scan your data
The basic functionality of Sensitive Data Shield is also integrated into
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.
Click a category to display a screen with details. To open a document, click the preview icon next to the document's details.
Protect your data
To protect documents, follow these steps:
Protect allunder the list of categories.
Doneto confirm the action. In some cases, you may be prompted to decide if a document should be protected.
Your sensitive data are 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.
You can display a list of documents by clicking
Click the gear icon in the top-right corner to access the Sensitive Data Shield settings. On the settings screen, you can restrict the access to your sensitive documents only to owners or authors and you can see a list of blocked and allowed applications which were trying to open your sensitive files. Read more...
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Note: This feature is not available in Avast Pro Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus.