UAS managed computers utilize a background synchronization process to ensure user data is both backed up and encrypted.
Backed up: When on the campus network, your computer is configured to save files (Desktop, My Documents & Favorites folders) immediately to our servers. Silently, and in the background, these files are synchronized to your local computer in an encrypted format to ensure their availability when the network is no longer available (off campus, on a plane, etc).
Encrypted: With most home computers, if a nefarious person gains access to your computer, they can easily access the files on your hard drive using a second computer. In the case of UAS managed computers, using encryption for your synchronized files (Desktop, My Documents & Favorites) adds an extra layer of security to help protect user and institutional data. The only way for the files to be accessed is through a decryption using the associated user credentials. (Users should never keep their password(s) affixed to the laptop!)