Identity Finder (Win) - Installing Identity Finder Enterprise Client

This document provides information on the Identity Finder desktop client for Windows.

This document contains these topics:

System Requirements

Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) or higher, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003.

Installing Identity Finder Enterprise Edition

  1. Download Identity finder from the Identity Finder website: https://www.cio.wisc.edu/security/security-tools-software/identity-finder-software-download/
    NOTE to IT Administrators: The Campus Software Library version, which is the version linked to from the CIO website, is intended for unmanaged, personal installations. Please use the customized client installer provided to you by IT Security for managed installations with the Identity Finder Console. If you do not have access to the Console, or need to have customized installers made for your department, please contact the Help Desk for assistance.
  2. Locate the file you downloaded and double-click it to launch the install wizard.
  3. The installer is configured to do a "silent" installation so minimal user interaction is required. On machines running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, you may need to authorized the installation with User Account Control. Click "Yes" in this dialog box.



  4. The installation will finish automatically.

Scanning with Identity Finder for Windows (with default settings)

To perform your first scan of your computer using the default scan settings, do the following:
  1. Start Identity Finder.
  2. Type in an Identity Finder profile password. This password protects the information that Identity Finder locates by encrypting it. The password must follow the campus password policy (at least 8 characters with at least 3 of these character types: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, digits, and symbols)

  3. At the wizard screen, select "Start Search Now".


    The Identity Finder status window will pop up showing the progress of the search.


  4. The default search does the following:
    • Looks for Social Security Numbers and Credit Card Numbers
    • In the currently logged on user’s My Documents folder, in your browser’s settings, and in your email (if the email is stored locally)
    • Searches for common file types, including looking in compressed files for those types.

When the search completes the Identity finder Search Summary is displayed. At this point you have several options:


  • Wizard - takes you through step by step each file found and asks you what you’d like to do with the file (e.g shred, ignore, quarantine).
  • Advanced - Takes you to the Identity Finder Main results where you can browse through the results and also remediate without the aid of the wizard.
  • Save As - to save the results (securely) for reviewing later. This will exit Identity Finder.
  • Reminder - to set a time for Identity Finder to nag you that there are results that need to be resolved.

The Advanced option offers the most flexibility and options for reviewing the results of scans and deciding what it is you want to do with the restricted data (matches) found.

Uninstalling Identity Finder for Windows

  1. Double click Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel.
  2. Choose Identity Finder and click the Remove button (or uninstall button for Vista).
  3. During the uninstall you will be asked if you want to remove user settings. Click “no” if you want to keep the results of previous scans and other settings you have configured in Identity Finder. If you don’t care about retaining previous scan or settings, go ahead and click “yes”.



Keywords:identity finder enterprise client windows win pii data search discovery install   Doc ID:12505
Owner:Allen M.Group:Office of Campus Information Security
Created:2009-10-26 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-07-13 08:57 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Office of Campus Information Security
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