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Security Tools - Identity Finder
This article explains general information and links to download Identity Finder for Windows and Mac OS X.
What is Identity Finder?
Identity Finder (IDF) is a software package which assists in preventing identity theft by finding confidential data on your computer. Confidential data includes, but is not limited to: passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers. See Data Security for more details on confidential data. The application searches selected areas of your computer for specific types of information, and provides tools to protect or securely dispose of the information.
Who Should Use Identity Finder?
All University business units and staff who wish to check their University owned or personal systems for confidential data.
IT Services is distributing Identity Finder to help business units search University-owned computers for confidential data so that it can be removed, thereby reducing risk to the University in the event of a computer compromise, theft, or loss.
How Do I Get Identity Finder?
For University machines managed by IT Services Desktop Support
Identity Finder is already pushed out to supported machines with the correct configuration. Contact your Desktop Support staff.
For all other machines not supported by IT Services
Faculty and staff should check with their local IT support to ask if they are rolling this out within the department. Faculty and staff may install it on University-owned machines as well as to protect their personal data stored on personally-owned computers. Follow the instructions below (Note, you must provide your CNetID and password). The application can only be downloaded while on the campus network or cVPN (UChicago Virtual Private Network).
NOTE: If you receive a 'license expired' message, it is because the University license key needs to be renewed annually. If this occurs, please see the links above for the latest version that includes the new license. You will need to uninstall your current version and reinstall the updated version.
How do I Get Started?
For supported staff workstations, the application is set to scan the local drive weekly but can also be run manually. Business units should regularly remove or redact sensitive data from University staff machines. Read the Remediation Quick Reference Guide for more information.
For personal use, documentation is under construction. However, IDF online help is a great resource.
How do I reach Identity Finder Support?
Business units are trained and supported by the Identity Finder project team. Faculty and staff who require technical support should contact IT Services Support.