Identity Finder Menu Bar

  • Security Alert-Phishing E-mail: Administration User Alert

    What is the issue?

     Security Alert – Phishing attempt being circulated via the Internet

    Phishing E-Mails are an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.  E-Mail purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.

     When did the problem start?
    At approximately 9:00 AM on 10/19/2014 the following message started circulating via the Internet:

    Security Alert-Phishing E-mail: Administration User Alert



    What are we doing?
    Information Services is taking necessary steps to block and protect against this message.

    How are the users affected?
    By clicking on the link you will be directed to a website that is infected with malware or you will be asked to provide your username and password.  Do not click on link or provide your user name and password.

    Who is affected?
    Faculty, Staff and Students

    Is there anything that the affected users should do?
    DO NOT click on the link or provide your username and password

    Who is the contact person?
    If you have any questions or concerns or you feel your computer may have a virus or malware, please contact the Customer Service Center at extension 2888 option 2


Image: Start/Pause/Stop Buttons

Start/Pause/Stop:  The start button is used to begin a new search process.  By default when Identity  Finder is opened, a search is already started, and this button will be replaced with the pause button.

Image: Navigation Buttons

Navigation:  Once Identity Finder has discovered any files that contain any Social Security information, the three buttons, Collapse All Rows, Previous Match, and Next Match, will help to navigate through the search results.

Image: Secure Button

Secure: The Secure button is used to encrypt a file so that it cannot be read by other users.  After selecting a file, and then clicking on Secure, a Identity Finder will save the file as a .zip file and ask for confirmation.  Identity Finder will also ask how heavy of an encryption you wish to use, and what password you wish to use to gain access to the file.  Make sure that is a password that is easy to remember, since there is no way to reset the password, or to decrypt it once this is done.

Image: Shred Button

Shred: The Shred button is used to delete a file. Once you shred a file, it is not recoverable.  Normally when a file is deleted, all paths to the file are deleted, but it still is on the hard drive, until it is written over by the system.  This button will not only delete the file, but will write over the file seven times using all zeros, so that it is completely wiped from the system.  Make sure that you want to use this option before deleting a file, because once done, there is no way to recover it.  If you think the file might be needed in the future, it’s a good idea to save the file to some other device such as a thumb drive, or CD before shredding the file.

Image: Open Button

Open:  This button will open the selected file so that you may determine whether to secure, shred, or leave the file as is.