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Identity Finder

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Identity Finder is a software tool that searches a computer for sensitive information, including social security numbers (SSN's), dates of birth, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and more. It can search through a wide variety of file types, including Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and even PDF's. It is available to all SAS faculty and staff. When Identity Finder scans a computer for PII, users are often surprised at the results -- many people who believed that they had no sensitive data on their computers find some in old files or browser caches.

Identity Finder can help you protect your data by finding sensitive information and giving you the opportunity to either securely delete it (just putting it in the recycle bin is not enough) or, if you need to keep it, you can store it in a more secure location than your personal computer -- preferably on a networked drive (a U: drive), where there are more security precautions in place.