Last Updated: 01/10/2018

General FAQ

Am I responsible for the private/personal information stored on my computer?

Yes. There is a systemwide policy regarding security of private data. Please review IT Security in University Operations, Continuity, and Contracting.

Additional guidelines are available at:

How do I install SENF?

SENF doesn't require installation, rather the program runs off of the java package. Learn more.

How often should I perform a search with SENF?

It is suggested that scans should occur monthly.

What is SENF, how does it work, and what items are scanned?

SENF is software that helps prevent identity theft by discovering Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and sensitive data on computers, enabling users to take action to properly protect the information.
For more detail on how it works and what is scanned please visit this helpful information provided by the University of Texas.

What should I do if SENF locates highly confidential data on my computer?

Follow the path reported in the senf forecast window to the file to verify the data and look for other sensitive information in the file. See the highly confidential data quick reference table.

  1. Remove the entire document from your system.
  2. If you need the document/database, etc., that contains private data, remove the private data.
  3. If you have a valid business need for the private data, you must contact the security office to coordinate the best approach to securing your private data.

When in doubt about what to do contact the IT Security Office (ITSO) at The general rule is if you don't need it Shred IT!

Who has access to SENF?

OIT recommends that customers (faculty, staff, and students) that have systems running Linux use SENF. If you are using Windows or Mac OS, you should use Identity Finder.