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How do I use Identity Finder?

To use Identity Finder, follow the instructions appropriate to your operating system.

If you need support for Identity Finder, the program contains a comprehensive help system. You can also visit Identity Finder Enterprise Support, which offers a searchable online help system and downloadable help files, or send email to .

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Using Identity Finder for Windows

To use Identity Finder for Windows:

  1. Connect or insert any external storage media (e.g., external hard drives, flash drives, CDs, or DVDs) or file server shares that you want to search in addition to your computer's hard drive.

  2. Disconnect from any file server shares that you do not want Identity Finder to search.

  3. To start Identity Finder Enterprise Edition, from the Start menu, select All Programs, then Identity Finder, and then Identity Finder Enterprise Edition.

  4. In the Identity Finder Welcome window, select Continue in Wizard Mode, and then click Next.

  5. In the Automatic Searching Using AnyFind window, under "AnyFind Searching", make sure Credit Card Numbers, Bank Account Numbers, Social Security Numbers, and Passwords are checked.

  6. Under "AnyFind Worldwide Searching", select Yes if you are likely to have personal information from specific countries stored on your computer. Click Next.

    Note: If you choose to search for non-US identification numbers, the Automatic Searching Using AnyFind Worldwide window will appear. Select the additional countries and identity types for which you would like to search.

  7. In the Unique Search window, if you wish to provide Identity Finder with your personal information to search for in addition to the generic Automatic Searching rules, select Yes, and then click Next. Otherwise, select No, click Next, and then skip the next step.

  8. In the Unique Searching with entry fields window, in the text fields, enter personal information to search for, and then click Add to move it to the Unique Identity Include List.

  9. In the Where to Search window, make sure that All Files, Hidden Web Data, E-Mails and Attachments, and Windows Registry are selected.

  10. Under "File Locations", select the places you want to search. Choose either My Documents and Settings, My Computer, or Custom Location.

  11. In the Finalization window, review your selections; if necessary, click Back to make any changes. Click Finish to begin the search as specified.

  12. Upon completion of the search, from the "Search Summary" window, select Wizard. This will take you through your results and help you choose the best actions to protect your personal information.

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Using Identity Finder for Mac OS X

To use Identity Finder for Mac OS X, in the Finder, from the Go menu, choose Applications. In the window that opens, double-click Identity Finder.

By default, Identity Finder will only scan your Documents folder. From the Locations menu, you can configure Identity Finder to scan your entire computer, or a custom location.

Note: Identity Finder scans can take several hours if you have a large number of documents. If you will be leaving your computer unattended during the scan, you may have to change your Energy Saver settings so your computer will not go to sleep.

Scanning a custom location

To scan a custom location:

  1. From the Locations menu, choose Custom... .

  2. To select a location to scan, click the ellipsis (...), and then browse to the location. Alternately, next to "Folder:", you can enter the location's path.

  3. Once you have selected a location, click Add.

    Note: To exclude a location from the scan, follow these steps, but check Add as Exclusion before clicking Add in step 3.

Shredding sensitive data

After running the scan, if Identity Finder finds a file that may contain sensitive data, you can permanently delete it by clicking the file in the result list, and then clicking Shred.

Saving results

To save the results of a scan for future reference:

  1. From the File menu, choose Save or Save As... .

  2. Give the file a name, and then select a location to save it from the pull-down menu next to "Where:".

  3. Enter and confirm a password for the file, and then click Save.

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