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Find Confidential Data on My Computer

This article applies to: Security & Policy


Even if you don’t usually access confidential data, you may have downloaded it at some point or it may have been sent to you.

The only way to be sure your computer is free of confidential data is to search for it and destroy it. At Cornell, we use Identity Finder to do this.

Identity Finder does three things really well:

  • It searches for confidential data on computers and file servers you use.
  • It gives you a comprehensive list of potential concerns.
  • It securely destroys anything you choose to shred.

Identity Finder won’t find everything. It only recognizes confidential data elements. Other sensitive data must be addressed separately.

Follow your department’s local practices! 

Some departments and units are delivering pre-configured copies of Identity Finder, and different departments/units will take different approaches to handling confidential data. Always follow local practices and guidelines when scanning and making decisions about data.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 5:32pm

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