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Identity Finder (ID Finder)

version 8.1

Boston College uses Identity Finder as a tool to aid in the process of finding and handling confidential data on faculty and staff computers. ID Finder scans computers for credit card numbers and social security numbers only. This type of information is called Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

NOTE: ID Finder may not find all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on your computer and it also may think some information on your computer is PII, when it is not. This is to be expected.

Using ID Finder

Version 8.1 of ID Finder software will automatically be installed on your computer.

To find PII on your computer, manually scan your computer for PII.

- How to handle scan results

ID Finder automatically scans computers four times a month. If you have PII on your computer, you will receive an email asking you to remove the PII from your computer or move it to a secure location. Data Security Officers (DSOs) [BC sign-in required] can monitor the results of the scans for employees in their areas using an online console. 

Did you receive an email asking you to remove PII from your computer? [Email example (BC sign-in required)] Learn how to manually scan your computer for PII.

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For Data Security Officers (DSOs)

See an example email that DSOs can send to introduce ID Finder (BC sign-in required) to their users.

Learn about the ID Finder Console: