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Identity Finder Desktop: Windows Download for Personally Owned Computers

Find, remove or secure Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from a computer.

Updated July 9, 2015

Updated September 16, 2014

About Identity Finder

Identity Finder Desktop for personally-owned computers scans files and email on your computer and locates Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

PII is information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact or locate a single person or can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a single individual, such as Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers or bank account numbers associated with a person's name or identity.

Searching PII On Your Computer's Hard Drive

Identity Finder scans your computer's hard drive, and can quarantine, ignore or even shred to Department of Defense standards any PII on your computer. You can customize a scan to run at a certain frequency to ensure your computer is free of PII.

Searching PII Within UB Email

If your email is on UBmail powered by Exchange, Identity Finder Desktop will help you to identify email messages that contain PII directly, and you can click the Shred option to shred them.

If your email is on UBmail (Central Email) with either IMAP or POP or UBmail Powered by Google, Identity Finder Desktop cannot shred messages that contain PII directly, but will identify those messages for you to delete manually.


Identity Finder can be downloaded by UB faculty, staff and students who have paid the Comprehensive fee.

Help and Tutorials

Contact the UBIT Help Center

Have a UBITName? You may also use the UBIT Help Center Online (login required).

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
Use your email, if known