Scrubbing Sensitive Information

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Handling Sensitive Information with Identity Finder: Scrubbing Sensitive Information

When to Scrub

You should scrub if Identity Finder has located sensitive information on your computer (i.e. social security numbers, credit card number) and you need to keep the files but remove the personal information they contain.

Where to find Scrub

The Scrub button is located on the Main ribbon.

where to find scrub button on main ribbon

How to use Scrub

Scrub is only available for files found via file search and is not available for email or other search locationsScrub is available for the following file types:

  • Office 2007, 2010 and 2013 files (e.g., .docx, .xlsx, .pptx)
  • Text files (i.e., .txt, .log, .ini)

If you would like to enable scrubbing of other file types, like .bak files, you may override the default search filters so that those file types are treated as text. The Override Default Search Filters dialog box lets you add additional extensions assuming they are not already handled by Identity Finder as another file type.

To scrub a location, you can use one of the following:

  • Click the result to highlight it and click the Scrub button.
  • Right click the result to bring up a context menu, then click Scrub.