Scan Your Computer for Personally Identifiable Information

Keeping Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on your computer is a security risk. Learn the different types of PII that may be located on your computer and download software from UB that can help you remove it.

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and volunteers

Last Updated: February 16, 2021

What is Personally Identifiable Information (PII)?

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is information that can be used to distinguish a person's identity, such as their name, Social Security Number or date of birth, when standing alone or when combined with other personal information, such as mother's maiden name.

Never give out your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) unless you are certain that the recipient of your PII is legitimate.

Additional examples include:

  • UBITName and password
  • Answers to security questions
  • Account numbers
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license number
  • Credit card information
  • PINs
  • Home address
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Date of birth
  • Medical records

Removing PII from Your Computer

This diagram illustrates the process for removing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from your computer.

Keeping PII on your computer is a security risk. You can use Identity Finder to scan and remove PII from your computer.

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.