Step 2b - Configure and Run Identity Finder for Mac
Note: The Identity Finder for Mac software is available for Intel-based Macs only.
- Before you begin:
- Connect or insert any external storage media (i.e., external hard drives, USB drives, CDs or DVDs) or file server shares that you want to search in addition to your computer’s hard drive.
- Disconnect from any file server shares that you do NOT want Identity Finder to search.
- Determine if you want a general search (SSNs, credit card numbers and passwords) or a more detailed search (date of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc.). The general search is recommended. See step X below for running a detailed search.
- To launch Identity Finder, double-click Applications and select Identity Finder.app.
Note: If the installed version of Identity Finder is not the latest release, you will be prompted to update to the newer version. This message will appear automatically if the vendor releases an update. Click on OK to initiate the update.
- The Identity Finder application will open. First-time users will be prompted to create a profile password. Returning users will be prompted for the password previously entered. You can also click the Cancel button to default to a guest profile with limited features, but that is not recommended.
- To begin your search:
- Click theLocations menu and select the folder that you would like to have searched. For example, you can search Documents, your entire computer, or you can select Custom and then navigate to a specific folder.
- If you select Documents, Identity Finder will search all folders and files in a specific user’s folder, and not only the items in the /Users/<specific user>/Documents folder.Once you have identified the folder, click Open, and then Add.
- Click OK.
Note: The Mac version of Identity Finder will scan your files and folders, but will not scan your Web browser data at this time. Identity Finder for Macs has been tested in Ver. 126.96.36.199. and it successfully searched Entourage e-mail files. Other Identity Finder versions and other types of Mac e-mail files may not be scanned.
- By default, the Identities will appear with a list of personal information categories that you can search. Identity Finder will search for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and passwords. All other search categories are disabled in the default search but can be specifically added.
- To enable a specific category, select the specific item to search, such as Date of Birth, and select Any Find. A checkmark will appear next to the category.
- To disable a category, select the category name again. The checkmark will disappear for that category.
- To identify specific personal information for the search:
- Select the Custom Only Find.
- From the drop-down menu, select the identity type (i.e., date of birth, personal address Social Security number, credit card number, etc.).
- Type any the relevant information, such as the street address, in the text box on the right.
- Click Add.
- Click OK.
- Click Start. Note: It may take several minutes or hours for your search to be completed, depending on the number of sub-folders and files. The application will run in the background, however, if necessary, you can click Stop to cancel your search.
- Upon completion, a Search Completed window will appear with the results. If any instances were found, the file location, type of identity match, number of occurrences and a preview of the document will be listed.
- Proceed to Step 3 – Manage Your Results.