Protect your data

When protecting your own data, you have to consider the possibility that

  • Data could be destroyed or lost and no longer be available.
  • Data lands in the wrong hands
  • Data is collected about your surfing behavior.  

Data loss

To protect data if it is destroyed or lost, consider the following points:

  • Employees: Always save your data on an internal network drive, such as the TUM central storage system (NAS). If you save your data on a local computer drive only, it can be lost if you don't perform backups often enough.
  • If storage on an internal network drive is not possible, you can consider data redundancy. In this case, data synchronization tools such as Allway Sync for Windows are useful.
  • Perform data backups on a regular basis, such as with the LRZ backup and archive service, or by using CDs/DVDs, USB sticks or external hard drives.
  • Attach your USB memory sticks to a key ring or lanyard to keep from losing them.

Unauthorized access

In the section, Protection Against Third-party Access, you will find a wealth of tips and advice.

Keep these things in mind as well:

  • Do not leave confidential documents in the printer and use a shredder to dispose of printer waste.
  • Securely dispose of data storage devices (TUM has special secure locations).


Surfing behavior is also part of your own personal data. You can protect yourself in this environment as well:

Websites often collect information about the surfing behavior of users. Where does the user come from? How much time is spent on the website? How does the user navigate the site? These are the key questions that operators use to improve their web presence.

This user data is unfortunately utilized for more than just positive purposes. The article titled "Tracking" delves into the negative aspects of this practice and offers advice on how you can protect yourself.

For those who are especially eager to know more about this topic, TU Berlin put together a collection of information through the project "Verbraucher sicher online" (