Identity Finder

Identity Finder is licensed for use on College-owned computers only.  It is for searching your computer for potential Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

Installing Identity Finder
  1. Click here to download the Identity Finder installer.
  2. Launch the IdentityFinder4.msi installer.
  3. Click Next, accept the license agreement, click Next.
  4. Click Typical, then Install.
  5. When the install completes, click Finish and Identity Finder will start.
  6. Click Skip to skip the Registration screen.
  7. Uncheck the Customer Experience checkbox and click OK.
  8. Set a password to secure your Identity Finder searches and click Next, then click OK.
  9. Click Start Search Now.  If prompted to close Firefox, close Firefox then click Yes.
  10. When the search completes, you will have a list of files on your computer that may have PII in them, and the information it found within those files will also be listed.
  11. After the search you may be prompted to upgrade.  Click Yes and go through the upgrade. 
  12. The upgrade is similar to the install instructions above, but where you would click Typical, click Upgrade instead.
 
Using Identity Finder
These directions are for the updated Identity Finder v6.2. After launching Identity Finder and logging into it, you will see the results of your last search.To start a new search with the same settings, click the green Start arrow in the application.
 
To start a new search with new settings:
  1. Click the tiny triangle under the "Start" text, and select Start Search Wizard
  2. Check the boxes for the items you wish to search for and click Next.
    • Suggested items are all the items in the first column, and Passport Numbers in the center column.
  3. Check the items in the Locations section.
    • Suggested items are Files and Compressed Files (then use the location "My Computer"), and Browsers.
  4. When you click Finish, Identity Finder will then perform the search.  It will ask to close Firefox, so make sure you are at a point where you can close Firefox before continuing.
  5. Identity Finder will now search and show you the potential PII it is finding.  You may use your computer normally while this search is taking place.
 
Once you have search results, look through them to determine if the potential PII is really PII, or just similar numbers.  Sometimes files and information identified will not actually be PII, just similar strings of numbers or letters that appear to be PII. 
 
Browser cache files seem to come up often as containing SSNs, when they don't actually contain SSNs.  Use your discretion when reviewing the information.
 
Documents containing PII should be stored on Vault, or in an otherwise secure location.  If you are not sure what to do with files containing PII, please contact the Information Security Officer (ISO) at iso@wellesley.edu.
 
You can also schedule scans.  To schedule an Identity Finder scan, go to the Configuration tab and click on Scheduling.  There you can add and delete scheduled scans.

 

 

 

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