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IT Security — Private Data Search Software (Identity Finder, SENF)


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CU-Boulder employees have access to, and are responsible for protecting, a wide variety of sensitive information. Unauthorized exposure of information such as student academic records, medical information, credit card information, and social security numbers can have a harmful affect on people's lives.

Therefore, ITS recommends scanning your computer for private data frequently so you can take the proper precautions.

ITS supports two private data search software programs. Identity Finder for Windows and Mac. SENF for Linux.

Computer Type Private Data Search Software
Windows & Mac

Identity Finder



Important: Neither Identity Finder nor SENF are 100% effective. There are many file types that store information in a way that Identity Finder and SENF cannot interpret and there are limits to the search commands themselves. The tools attempt to strike a good balance between effectiveness and usability.

Determining What is Private Data

To help you determine if the data Identity Finder or SENF found is classified as private data, and how to handle that data, go to www.colorado.edu/its/security/awareness/privacy or contact the IT Service Center. See the quick reference guide to find out how to handle private data.

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IT Service Center
303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone)

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