Protect Personal Information with Identity Finder

Identity Finder screenshotIdentity Finder is a tool designed to protect your personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, birth date, social security number, bank account numbers and even telephone numbers. It does this by looking for sensitive information on your computer and on our network.

We suggest you take a few moments this semester to run this program. Most of us will be surprised at how much of our personal information is sitting on our office computers, S drive and T drive folders.

Please load the Wizard and follow the instructions on screen. Identity Finder will ask you if you would like to encrypt or shred each file that contains the personal data that you were searching for. If you know you won’t need it again just shred the sensitive data and there will be a lessened risk in case your account is compromised.

Read our guide that further explains Identity Finder

Public Service Announcement – Peer-to-Peer Software

Peer-to-peer (P2P) software allows for the sharing of files across the Internet between people that have the same software installed. Some examples of this type of software are: Limewire, Kazaa, and Bittorrent. There are many security issues with installing these sorts of programs.

  1. If the software is not installed or setup correctly you may be sharing files and information stored on your computer that you were not intending to share. This could include bank and credit card information.
  2. Depending on the type of file-sharing you are engaging in, it could be illegal. If caught, you could face a lawsuit for copyright infringement for distributing copyrighted music, tv shows, and movies. If using a network other than your own, you could lose your account access on that network (ie. your school or work computer account will be disabled).
  3. You could be downloading spyware and viruses.

This is a reminder to please be aware of what you are doing online and minimize your risks.