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
On this page:
Using Identity Finder for Windows
To use Identity Finder for Windows:
- 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.
- Disconnect from any file server shares that you do not want Identity Finder to search.
- To start Identity Finder Enterprise Edition, from the menu, select , then , and then .
- In the "Identity Finder Welcome" window, select , and then click .
- In the "Automatic Searching Using AnyFind" window, under "AnyFind Searching", make sure , , , and are checked.
- Under "AnyFind Worldwide Searching", select
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. if you
are likely to have personal information from specific countries stored
on your computer. Click .
- 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 , and then click . Otherwise, select , click , and then skip the next step.
- In the "Unique Searching with entry fields" window, in the text fields, enter personal information to search for, and then click to move it to the Unique Identity Include List.
- In the "Where to Search" window, make sure that , , , and are selected.
- Under "File Locations", select the places you want to search. Choose either , , or .
- In the window, review your selections; if necessary, click to make any changes. Click to begin the search as specified.
- Upon completion of the search, from the "Search Summary" window, select . This will take you through your results and help you choose the best actions to protect your personal information.
Using Identity Finder for Mac OS X
To use Identity Finder for Mac OS X, in the Finder, from the menu, choose . In the window that opens, double-click .
By default, Identity Finder will only scan your
folder. From the 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:
- From the menu, choose .
- 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.
- Once you have selected a location, click
Note: To exclude a location from the scan, follow these steps, but checkbefore clicking 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.
To save the results of a scan for future reference:
- From the menu, choose or .
- Give the file a name, and then select a location to save it from the pull-down menu next to "Where:".
- Enter and confirm a password for the file, and then click .
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Last modified on 2015-01-02.
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