Identity Finder: Software for Locating Personal Information
About Identity Finder
Identity Finder software is designed to locate personally identifiable information (PII)—in the form of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), credit card numbers, and other sensitive information—that is stored on computers. Individuals and departments at UVa can use Identity Finder to help them find and, where possible, remove PII.
Identity Finder can also enable departments to keep an accurate inventory of all SSN data stored on laptops, desktop computers, servers, and other media (CDs, DVDs, tape backups, USB thumb drives, etc.), as part of the requirements of the University SSN Policy.
If you know you handle highly sensitive data regularly, IdentityFinder (or equivalent) highly sensitive data scans must be performed and all unapproved storage remediated at least bi-monthly.
Even you if don't handle highly sensitive data regularly, IdentityFinder (or equivalent) highly sensitive data scans must be performed and remediated at least quarterly.
UVa's version of Identity Finder has been configured for the University's computing environment. Do not upgrade Identity Finder from the vendor's website as this will reset these configurations, causing problems. In order to make the best use of the software, please read the default configuration pages and the FAQ page to see how best to use it in your department.
Installation and Use for Windows or Mac
Download the installer file: Login with NetBadge, select Identity Finder, and follow the prompts
UVa Default Configuration
Windows - Detailed information about program settings
--Identity Finder Version 5.x or higher
Macintosh - Detailed information about program settings
--Identity Finder Version 5.x
Information for Identity Finder Users
Information for System Administrators and LSPs
Instructions for deploying Identity Finder in departments
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to FAQs about Identity Finder
How to scan network drives on Macintosh 10.6 and up
Page Updated: 2013-10-21