How to Use Identity Finder

Using Identity Finder for Windows

To run Identity Finder, double-click the Identity Finder icon on the desktop, or click the Start (or Windows) button, select Programs or All Programs, and select Identity Finder.

Creating a Password During First Use
During the first use of Identity Finder, you are prompted to create a password. This password will be used to control access to the reports generated by Identity Finder. Keep in mind if you forget this password, you will not have access to the reports.

Finding Sensitive Data
By default, Identity Finder searches for social security numbers, credit card numbers, and passwords. You can search for other types of personal information using the AnyFind feature.

NOTE: There are different ways to perform searches using Identity Finder. Below are instructions for using the Search Wizard.

  1. Press the Down Arrow under the Start button and select Start Search Wizard. This opens the AnyFind feature.
  2. Select the items you want to search for and deselect the ones you do not want to search for. Click Next.
  3. Select No. Click Next.
  4. Choose the location of the files you want Identity Finder to search. Click Next.
  5. Review your choices. Click Back to make changes, or click Finish to start the search.

Identity Finder displays the status of your search. A summary is shown after the search is complete. You can choose one of the following actions for the search summary:

 

  1. Use the Results Wizard to assist you in taking action now for each identity match.
  2. Use the Advanced window to take action on your own now for each identity match.
  3. Save the search results as an Identity Finder report to address them later.
  4. Set a reminder to come back and review your results later.

Take Action
Once sensitive data is discovered, several actions can be taken:

Using Identity Finder for Macintosh

To run Identity Finder, double-click the Identity Finder icon in your Applications folder.

Creating a Password During First Use
During the first use of Identity Finder, you are prompted to create a password. This password will be used to control access to the reports generated by Identity Finder. Keep in mind if you forget this password, you will not have access to the reports.

Finding Sensitive Data
By default, Identity Finder searches for social security numbers, credit card numbers, and passwords. You can search for other types of personal information using the AnyFind feature.

Select the Locations button or menu to specify where on your computer to search. Use the Custom option to change the search location. Select Compressed (where the icon is darkened) to search zip files. When ready to search, click Start or select Start from the Search menu. A status window appears showing the progress of your search.

Take Action
Once sensitive data is discovered, several actions can be taken: