Identity Finder for Windows
Identity Finder for Mac OS X
Identity Finder is immensely useful in identifying files that may contain sensitive, personal identifiable information, such as social security and credit card numbers. It is only licensed for campus use. This copy does an offline scan and does not report any findings to the campus' Identity Finder server. When you run it the first time, it will ask for a password so it can encrypt the locally stored database of information that it finds, so create a password just for this purpose, then click "Start Search Now." Only those files needed to conduct business and meet regulatory requirements should be stored. Others should be stored "off-line" or destroyed. For more information, see SSN/Credit Card Information Finder.
Our Verity Systems DataGauss - Hard Drive degausser is available to the campus to destroy non-public information on media intended to be transferred or discarded. Place an appointment to use the degausser by contacting the Information Security Office. NOTE: DO NOT EXPECT A DEGAUSSER TO REMOVE DATA FROM A SOLID-STATE DRIVE (SSD) AS THEY DO NOT STORE DATA MAGNETICALLY.
Degausser alternatives include:
- UCSD's HDDErase. Also review the Kingston's article explaining how HDDErase works at the hardware level
- CNET article on Parted Magic with Secure Erase (Linux LiveCD)
- Derik's Boot and Nuke
- Apple Disk Utility (under "Securely erase a disk")
Paper Shredding Bin
A shredding bin is housed in PL-2104.
To minimize cost, please limit use of the shredding bin to classified or confidential University–related paperwork that cannot otherwise be recycled through the routine refuse pick–ups.
Eraser for Windows is an open-source program that adds an option to the Recycle Bin to erase files securely, rather than simply deleting them.
Derik's Boot And Nuke (DBAN) is a simple, powerful tool that will destroy all hard drive data. It's intended to be used on computers that will be transferred, surveyed or donated.
Find_SSNs — Virginia Tech
Find_SSNs from Virgina Tech is an older, freely-available alternative to Identity Finder.
Whole Disk Encryption
Full-disk/Whole-disk encryption software is available by invitation-only and is intended for those working with sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers. For more information, please contact the information security office.