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Encryption

Mar 29, 2013 at 12:00am

Back when Quick Tips was in grad school, we had an entire file box of research data stolen from the backseat of our Pacer. decoder ring Luckily, it had been encrypted, and nobody without the super-secret Cracker Jack decoder ring could figure out what was there.

Here in the 21st Century, we have much better tools to encrypt our research data! UW Medicine IT has a few great web pages outlining how you can easily encrypt Microsoft Office files, and with a little more effort encrypt your emails, and your mobile devices.

The IRB loves to hear how researchers are protecting their data, and would rather not hear that no one can get to it because it's behind an unused filing cabinet in the back room that's been closed off for years and only the janitor has the key.

Simply follow these great steps, and you'll be on your way to becoming an encryption wiz:

Thanks, UW Medicine IT! Now let's see how much we can get for the decoder ring on e-Bay. Maybe we'll throw in the Pacer.