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Q: What locations will Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) scan?


From the Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) website:

Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) searches a wide variety of locations to maximize its effectiveness at preventing identity theft and stopping data loss.

Windows Desktops

Spirion can search Windows desktops both locally and remotely for sensitive data.

Mac Desktops

Spirion is the only data leakage prevention company on the market that has developed a native Mac application that can search Mac desktops locally.

Windows Servers

Spirion can search Windows servers remotely in an agent-less mode for sensitive information like personally identifiable information. Simply enter in remote connection details, including authentication credentials, to search remote machines like Windows servers.

Remote File Systems

Spirion can search any remote file systems accessible from your Windows installation of Spirion. Enterprise Client customers have been known to search Linux file systems, Macs, and other common file systems using the remote machines feature in Spirion Client for Windows.


Spirion can search any database that supports an OLE DB connection. This capability includes Oracle, SQL Server, and any database that supports an ODBC connection.


Spirion can crawl websites to find any private information that has been unintentionally posted.


Spirion searches every file type and discovers sensitive data wherever it resides.

Email Messages and Attachments

Spirion searches emails and attachments to discover sensitive information that may have been accidentally sent to third parties.

Browsers and System Areas

Spirion searches browsers and system areas for sensitive confidential data like credit card numbers that may have been stored without your knowledge.

Removable Drives

Simply tell Spirion to search removable drives, and if any are attached, Spirion will automatically search them for personal information.

If you haven't found the answer to your question on this page, try the Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) FAQ. Users of MIT-owned computers can request a copy of Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) via:

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Last Modified:

February 15, 2017

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