Running Find_SSNs on Windows
These instructions are
version 4.x. The scanning process is CPU intensive so it is recommended
that all other files and applications be closed while this program is
To download the Find_SSNs program for
Windows click here:
1) The Find_SSNs program can be
run either from the web site or saved to your computer
system and run from there. Administrative privileges are
not required to run this program.
If Run is selected, go to
2) If Save is selected, you
will be asked to choose a location to save the Find_SSNs file.
Select Desktop and click
Save.The Find_SSNs.exe file will
download to your computer.
3) When the file
completes downloading, select Close to remove the
4) The Find_SSNs.exe file is now
on your desktop. Run the file by double clicking on the FindSSNs.exe
5) You may receive a
warning if your computer does not recognize the digital signature as
A valid digital signature identifies the publisher of the
software and verifies that the software
has not been tampered with since it was signed. Without a
valid digital signature, you have no
way to verify that the software is what it claims to be. The
IT Security Office does not normally
recommend that system users run software from unverified
However, in this case, it is
acceptable to select Run
6) Once the Find_SSNs program starts to
run, a command shell will be opened.
Please leave it open as requested.
7) A few seconds later,
a second window will appear regarding periods of inactivity. Click
8) A window will appear
asking what type of information you would like to search for.
It is recommended that you run U.S. Social Security
Numbers and Credit Cards
separately to simplify reviewing the
9) A window will appear
asking what type of report you'd like. Click html
10) A window will appear
asking you to select a folder to search for the presence
of the data you specified in the previous step. The
recommended procedure is
to first search My Documents and then
search the Desktop.
11) You will be asked
where to save the results of your scan.
then click OK.
12) A window will appear
notifying you that the Find_SSNs scan is about to start. Click Yes
13) After a delay of a
few seconds, the Find_SSNs program will
begin to search the files
in the specified location. An estimated time is shown, but this has
found to vary with reality.
14) After completing the
scan, the Find_SSNs program will
display the location where the report is saved. Click OK
to delete the reports then empty your trash when you are