Find High Risk Data on My Computer
This article applies to: Security & Policy
Even if you don’t usually access high-risk 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 high-risk 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 high-risk 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 high-risk data elements. Other sensitive data must be addressed separately.
Some departments and units are delivering pre-configured copies of Identity Finder, and different departments/units will take different approaches to handling high-risk data. Always follow local practices and guidelines when scanning and making decisions about data.