Identity Finder

  • 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.

Identity Finder is software that will search your computer for social security numbers, and will act as a tool to assist you in securing or removing this information from your computer.

Identity Finder will search your computer for documents or emails that contains sets of numbers that match a certain pattern, in this case, the pattern of a social security number. It will then give you a set of helpful tools and options for each occurance, where a match occurs.

You can leave the instance unchanged, or you can shred it. Shredding is a process that deletes the information several times so that there is no remaining trace of it.

Identity Finder will be rolled out to all computers on campus.  If you are having difficulty using identity finder, or are unsure of what to do with it, consult the pages on this site for helpful information, such as a walkthrough to using Identity Finder.