Identity Finder

Identity Finder is data security software that is installed on a machine to help locate and protect sensitive information such as, social security numbers, credit card numbers and drivers license numbers. This software is to help protect us and the students in accordance with the SSN Elimination policy that took effect as of January 1, 2008.

How do I install it on my computer?

Most of the PCs being deployed now already have it installed. But if you do not have it on your computer, contact the ITS Helpdesk at (308)865-8363 or your college Tech Coordinator.

How does it work?

Identity Finder is a program on your computer just like any other program, similar to Avast Antivirus. You can open Identity Finder and start the scan manually, or it is set to automatically scan every Tuesday morning. You will see a icon briefly pop up in the bottom right corner of your desktop showing you the scan has started. After that, it is completely silent unless positive results are found and you will get a pop up window displaying the results.

If I have results how do I remove them?

After a scan is ran. You will get a popup box showing the results. You will need to go through the list and see what is legitimate and what may be a false positive. At the top you have options to Shred, Shrub, or Ignore.

Shred - Completely deletes the file.

Shrub - Just replaces the SSN with X's but saves the file. This only works with certain file types like, .doc, .xls, .txt, etc. This is not recommended for PDF's or in database files.

Ignore - If it is a false positive you can ignore it so it will no longer show up as a result.