Identity Finder

Identity Finder is a program that searches your computer for and helps to remove Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as credit card, social security, and bank account numbers. The removal of this information can help to drastically reduce your risk of identity theft, which can be very costly to you and the university. There is no charge to ECU faculty and staff interested in using this program.

To adhere to the North Carolina Identity Theft and Protection Act, ECU is using Identity Finder to proactively locate and secure sensitive data on computer and server hard drives so that it is not left vulnerable to potential identity theft.


Windows User Guide [doc]            

Mac User Guide [doc]           

 FAQs [full version; doc]  


Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I required to install Identity Finder?

There is no requirement to install Identity Finder, but it is a tool we offer to help comply with policy so we encourage faculty and staff to install and use it.

Where can I find Identity Finder?

Identity Finder can be downloaded from the ECU Software Download Center at Both Windows and Mac versions are available.

What information does Identity Finder locate?

Identity Finder is capable of finding the following Identity Types on your computer.

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Credit Card Numbers
  • Passwords
  • Bank Account Numbers
  • Driver License Numbers
  • Dates of Birth
  • Phone Numbers
  • Other (using pattern matching)

Who sees the result of a scan?

Scan results can only be seen by you and will remain on your computer. If you need assistance locating the results of a scan, please contact the ECU IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or

How can I get help with Identity Finder?

For more help, read Getting Started with Identity Finder for Windows [html] or Getting Started with Identity Finder for Mac [html] on the Identity Finder Web site, or contact the ECU IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 or