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Chapter 15. Privacy, Data Security, and ... > Privacy and Data Security

Privacy and Data Security

15.1. How Can I Protect My Outlook Data on a Shared Computer?

It is probably true to say that the vast majority of home computer users these days share their computer with other people: family members, friends, or the annoying roommate in a university dorm room. In some situations, computers are shared between employees in offices. All this sharing of computers can lead to some obvious questions when thinking about Outlook: Will other people be able to access my Outlook data? And if so, how can I secure my data so that only I have access?

The answer to the first question is a simple “yes.” If you share your computer with other people and they have access to your Windows account, then, by default, they will be able to access your Outlook data. If the other people do not have access to your Windows account, it is more difficult for them to gain access to your Outlook data. However, you can secure your Outlook data in a number of ways, regardless of whether you share a Windows account with the other people.


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