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Stay Safe with Identity Finder

Published September 2013

By Robert Poleszak

Think your personal information is secure? Your credit card number, Social Security Number and more may be hiding on your computer without you knowing. To track down this data and properly remove it, UB offers Identity Finder. This software is available to keep personal information safe from scammers, who may gain access to your devices and accounts, and put you at risk for identity theft.

“[Identity Finder] not only keeps your information safe, but allows UB to comply with laws that regulate our data.”
Jeff Murphy, Interim Information Security Officer
University at Buffalo

In addition to quarantining sensitive data, which includes passwords, credit card numbers and bank accounts, Identity Finder allows you to shred the information, leaving no trace on your hard drive. Identity Finder’s removal process uses US Department of Defense standards. You can also password protect your personal information once found, making it only accessible to you when needed.

Identity Finder comes in two versions: managed and desktop. The managed version is required on UB owned equipment for use by UB faculty and staff who frequently handle sensitive data, such as the Financial Aid department. The desktop version is provided free of charge for both UB students and employees to use on personally-owned computers to keep personally identifiable information safe.

“We recommend that all UB students, faculty and staff take advantage of Identity Finder,” said Jeff Murphy, UB’s Interim Information Security Officer. “This software not only keeps your information safe, but allows UB to comply with laws that regulate our data.”