Windows-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Configure & Run Identity Finder Search

Before you begin

  • Connect to VPN if you are off-campus.
  • Connect any external storage media 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 to search.
  • If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email client, follow these additional steps to set your Outlook password.

Create a Profile

The first time you use Identity Finder, you will be asked to create a profile. This password will also act as the password to your Password Vault.

  1. Select Start > All Programs > Identity Finder > Identity Finder.
  2. Enter your password twice. Click Next and click OK.
    IMPORTANT: Your profile password will be used to password-protect files via Identity Finder's Secure action or the Encrypt tool. There is NO WAY to recover a forgotten profile password. Once you've created this password, write it down and lock it in a SECURE location. If you plan to password-protect files for Carnegie Mellon business or academic operations, be sure to inform your supervisor of the secure location of the profile password to ensure business continuity. DO NOT use your Andrew account password as your profile password.

Run a Search

  1. Select Continue Search Wizard to select additional search categories.
  2. Select Configure Search.
  3. Select the checkboxes for Social Security Numbers, Bank Account Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, Driver Licenses and Passwords. If you have personal information from Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom stored on your computer, also select those countries.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the checkboxes for Files and Compressed Files, Browsers, EMails and Attachments and Windows Registry.
  6. Select the radio button for the places you want to search. Choose either My Documents and Settings, My Computer or Custom Location. If Custom Location is chosen, click the browse button to specify a directory or folder.
  7. Review your selections.
  8. Click Finish to begin the search.
    Note: The search may take several hours to complete. You may continue working as the program runs in the background.

Scheduled Search

Mark your calendar or use the Identity Finder schedule feature as a reminder to run Identity Finder on a regular basis. Depending upon your level of access to university related PII, we recommend the following:

  • If you have extensive access to university related PII or financial data, run Identity Finder weekly
  • If you have moderate access to university related PII or financial data, run Identity Finder monthly
  • If you have no access to university related PII or financial data, run Identity Finder quarterly.

Next Steps

See the Manage your Results [pdf] document to manage and act on your search results.

Last Updated: 10/27/15