Identity Finder Settings For Workstations

Social Security Number (SSN) scanning protects the privacy of the Texas A&M community. All Texas A&M information systems and departmental computers should be examined to reduce the risk of SSN exposure.In order to comply with University System and State policy all Staff and Faculty computers connected to the TAMUG network (either via LAN or Wireless) need to be scanned to ensure they do not contain any Social Security Numbers (SSN).

These requirements are being developed into a Standard Administrative Procedure (SAP).

SSN Scanning Resources:
SAP 29.01.03.M1.29 Draft - Data Classification and Protection - Read the SSN scanning policy

Note: you are allowed to have your own and immediate family members SSN's on your computer.

Download Software - Click Here
Download the application and save to your Desktop
Note: you will need to get the license file (identityfinder.lic) and configuration file (id47.xml) from T:Bara\Common\IdentityFinder4_7
and place them on your Desktop also. 

Installing Identity Finder
Double Click on the Identity Finder Setup Icon on your Desktop

If a User Access Control box appears click "OK" to continue

Click Next

Click "Accept the terms in the License Agreement" then click Next

Make sure "anyone who uses this computer" is selected and click "Typical"

Click "Install".

Uncheck the "Launch Identity Finder" and click "Finish"

Now from your Desktop right click on the "identityfinder.lic" file and select copy

Next  navigate to your C: drive (My Computer or Computer) and open the Program Files Folder. Note: If you also see “ Program Files(x86)” folder, open this folder instead.

Then open the program folder " Identity Finder 4"

Right click and Paste the license file into the "Identity Finder 4" folder. You can now run the application.

Identity Finder is now installed.

Running Identity Finder

Open Identity Finder from the icon on your desktop
If you are asked to enter registration information select "Skip"
If you are asked to participate in the customer experience program uncheck the box and select "Skip"
If you are asked to enter a password, enter "ssn" (without the quotes) and then "OK" at the Guest Profile box.

Select "Open Advanced Interface" and in the "Advanced Interface" pop up box select "No"

If asked to do an Identity Finder Update select "Yes" and "OK" after the update is done.

2. Install the Preconfigured Setup File
The preconfigured file (id47.xml) that has all of the settings needed to complete the search for Social Security Numbers.
Click on the "Configuration" tab
Click on "Settings"
Under the "Profile" heading click on "Import File"

Look in your "Desktop" and click on the "id47.xml" file. Click "Open".

Click "OK"
If you get a message saying the configuration settings won't take effect until you exit and restart
Identity Finder, Click "Ok" and close and then reopen the application.

3. You Are Now Ready To Go.
From the "Main" tab click on the start button. Your scan will start and depending on how many files you have it can take an hour or two to complete.

4. When the Scan Completes
Click on "Advanced" and click on one of the results. On the ride side of the screen is a Preview PAne that will show you where the SSN is in the file.
You can then make a decision to keep it (ignore it) or Secure it (password protected) or Shred It (delete) by checking the box and clicking on the relevant button.

What To Do If Social Security Numbers Are Found
If you find a positive SSN match you have the following options:
1. If it is your or your immediate family members you can choose to "Ignore" it.
2. If it isn't yours or immediate family members you should "Shred" it.
3. If you decide you need to keep it for business reasons you must report this to your
    Department Head and have them notify IS along with a business reason for needing to retain it.


Often keeping the SSN's will mean utilizing an encryption program to secure the files containing SSN's. If possible you can
archive the files to a CD / DVD and keep it in a secure location.

Please contact IS if you have any questions.