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Qualtrics Security Guide
This document provides a detailed breakdown of how to use Qualtrics securely. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that proper security is followed when using Qualtrics.
To access Qualtrics, go to my.pitt.edu and enter “Qualtrics” in the search bar.
Steps to Securing a Qualtrics Project:
Prevent Multiple Submissions
Require Permission to View Uploaded Files
1. Managing Access
To navigate to the projects that you have created or someone has shared with you, click the three-line icon in the top left and select projects. This will open an easy-to-read list of all accessible projects.
Once on the list of projects, you should see a column for the owner. This is the project owner, and it is their responsibility to manage access to the project securely. To add someone to a project, click the three-dot icon on the right side of the project and select collaborate.
The collaboration window should now open. Within this window, you should see a search bar for adding new people and a list of people that currently have access to the project. If you wish to edit or remove someone’s access to a project, this is the place to manage it. Toggling the checkboxes on and off will give that person that permission. Selecting the red icon will delete that user’s access to the project entirely. Be sure to save any changes you make before exiting the collaborate window.
The rest of the security controls set in Qualtrics are project-specific and require selecting the project you wish to secure. To do this, click on the project name from the project list shown above. This will open a new window for you to edit the project, distribute the questionnaire, or view completed questionnaires. All security settings for a project can be accessed as shown in the guide below:
To access security settings, select the icon in the bottom left. It’s the icon that looks like a sheet of paper with circles and lines. This is the “Survey Option” button.
After selecting the Survey Option button, a list of option categories will appear. You can explore all the options, but we will focus on the Security tab for this document. Select the Security option as shown in the image. The rest of this document will focus on each of the available security settings.
2. Survey Access
The first security setting is the survey access option. This will allow the project owner to decide if everyone can access the survey or just people invited to complete it.
If the survey has sensitive data, it is best practice to set this to “Invitation Only.”
3. Password Protection
If the survey covers sensitive data, it is best practice to password protect it. This option can be set here.
If you toggle this option to “On,” it will let the owner set the password for the survey.
4. Prevent Multiple Submissions
If you wish to prevent multiple submissions from respondents, you may toggle this option “On,” which will prevent ballot box stuffing. The owner must determine if this functionality is useful for the project.
5. Prevent Indexing
To prevent search engines from including the survey in search results, set this option to “On.” This should be on by default.
6. Require Permission to View Uploaded Files
This setting is targeted at collaborators on the project. If you wish to limit the number of people that can view uploaded documents within surveys, set this to “On.”
7. Anonymize Responses
To add extra protection to survey respondents, set this option not to capture IP address, location data, and other contact info. Unless you plan to use any of those data fields, it is best to set this to “On” to enable anonymization.