Identity Finder, a tool provided at no-cost to faculty and staff, scans the content of all computer files and alerts the computer user if private information may be easily-accessible (e.g. social security numbers or credit card numbers). This alert allows the user to securely delete or protect this data to avoid others accessing it in the event of a virus or theft.
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 effect on people's lives. Therefore, OIT recommends scanning your computer for private data frequently so you can take the proper precautions.
Important: Identity Finder is not 100% effective. There are many file types that store information in a way that Identity Finder cannot interpret and there are limits to the search commands themselves. The tools attempt to strike a good balance between effectiveness and usability.
OIT provides Identity Finder tutorials covering installation, finding private data, and disabling central reporting for both Windows and Mac computers (Linux users should use SENF).