Identity Finder (Mac) - Using a Profile Password

This document describes the benefits and options of using a profile password in Identity Finder for Mac. All documentation was performed with Identity Finder 7.0.0.9.
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Profile passwords in the Mac version of Identity Finder are used to secure results, save your settings, and save changes you make to the IgnoreList or IncludeList.

This document contains the following topics:

Why is a profile password needed?
Identity Finder for Mac features a profile that is similar to the Windows client. The profile is used to save any preferences you set. You can also use this single password to secure scan results and files. The password also protects and encrypts your profile.

You can optionally use the Guest Profile, however your settings will not be saved.

How do I set a profile password?
When you first Launch Identity Finder, you will be prompted for a profile password.

To set a profile password:

  1. Launch Identity Finder from your Applications folder.
  2. Enter a password into the window. By default, strong passwords are enabled for the Campus client. This requires that passwords are 8 characters in length and have an upper case letter, lower case letter, and a number or symbol.
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  4. If your password is valid, Identity Finder will show a confirmation window and you will be taken to the main window.
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  6. Your password is now set and you will be prompted for it each time you launch Identity Finder.
What do I do if you forget a password?
The profile password is not stored locally. If it is lost, you will lose access to the files, lists, and preferences associated with the profile. Your files are not deleted and you can access them later if you remember the password. To gain access to a profile again, you will need to delete your profile. You can delete your profile using Identity Finder or manually. To delete a profile in Identity Finder:
  1. Open Identity Finder and use and click cancel when prompted for a password.
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  3. If window opens asking you to confirm using the Guest Profile, click OK.
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  5. Open the Preferences menu by clicking the Preferencesbutton.png button.
  6. Make sure the profile tab is selected. Click the delete.
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  8. Click Yes on the dialog box that opens to confirm you want to delete your profile.
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  10. A confirmation window will open. You will need to relaunch Identity Finder to complete the process. You will be prompted for a new password when you launch Identity Finder again.
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You can also delete your profile manually. Delete the file located in the directory below where USER is the your Mac login name.

    USER/Library/Application Support/Identity Finder/Identity Finder Mac Edition/identityinfo.dat

What if you do not want a profile password?
Using a profile password is required if you wish to save your settings in Identity Finder. It is also highly recommended to use a profile password to secure files and results as opposed to individual passwords for every secured file or results file. It is easier to remember one password as opposed to several and risk losing access to your data.

However, it is possible to not use a profile password if you choose not to. You can use Identity Finder's Guest Profile by always choosing Cancel when Identity Finder launches by following steps 1 and 2 above.




Keywords:idf pii identity finder data discovery mac Macintosh password   Doc ID:14263
Owner:Allen M.Group:Office of Campus Information Security
Created:2010-06-03 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-11-18 12:48 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Office of Campus Information Security
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