Identity Finder Tools and Options Tab

  • System Downtime Reminder: Saturday, October 25, 2014

    In order to improve and maintain system infrastructure reliability, performance and security, Information Services will be performing weekly maintenance.


    Information Services technical staff will be performing our regular system maintenance.


    Every Saturday from midnight to 6:00 AM Sunday CST (6 Hours).

    Affected Services:

    Most systems will be unavailable during this time.

    Blackboard is hosted on the West Lafayette campus and will not be impacted by downtime activities. If you are unable to access Blackboard Learn via MyPUC or during this system downtime, please visit

    Is there anything that the affected users should do before, during or after the outage?

    Yes, please log off all systems before leaving for the weekend.

    Who should I contact?

    If you have any questions or concerns please E-mail the IS Customer Service Center at or you can call the IS Customer Service Center at 219.989.2888 option 2.

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Password Vault: This feature is used to create, store, and manage passwords for Identity Finder.  

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Secure File:  This option will allow the user to secure any file that Identity Finder discovers, or .  Encrypting files, using their choice of encryption method and storing the encrypted file within a Zip file if it does not already support its own encryption method.  Most files do not have an encryption method, and will be stored within Zip Files so that they can be.  When selecting a password for this option make sure, that it is something that can easily remembered.  Since no one will be able to reset or remember your password but the one who encrypts the file.

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Open Secure Zip File:  This is the other side to the coin of Secure File.  Once a file has been secured and password protected, Identity Finder is needed to open and decrypt the file that has been secured through Identity Finder.

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Shred Files or Folders: This will delete either a single file, or the contents to an entire folder.  If a folder is selected, it will delete all the files within the folder but will not delete the folder itself.  Since shredding will overwrite the file several times with zeros, the file will be unrecoverable.  Take care when selecting this option that you are absolutely sure that you wish to preform this option.

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Secure/Shred Microsoft IE:  These two buttons will either secure or shred files found in Microsoft Internet Explorer files and residual data found from Microsoft Internet Explorer files.  It will examine your browser history and eliminate any files that might contain sensitive information. 

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Secure/Shred Firefox: These two options will secure or shred files, found in Mozilla Firefox files and residual data found from Mozilla Firefox files.  It will examine your browser history and eliminate any files that might contain sensitive information. 

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Scheduling: You can set Identity Finder to automatically scan your computer at any time you desire, without having to run the program manually each time.  Identity Finder will run in the background without interfering with work, and taking system resources that other programs may need.