Spirion (formerly Identity Finder)

Last Updated: 10/24/2018


Spirion (formerly Identity Finder) is a tool provided at no-cost to faculty, staff and student employees, scans the content of all computer files and alerts the computer user if private information may be easily-accessible (e.g. social security numbers or credit card numbers). This alert allows the user to securely delete or protect this data to avoid others accessing it in the event of a virus or theft.

Spirion also reports the network address of your computer and whether any private data was found, to a server maintained and accessible only by the IT Security Office. The IT Security Office aggregates logs to help campus and departmental leadership understand how many systems maintain private data within their area and to ensure that Internet-accessible servers do not store private information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers.

Know What You Are Responsible For

CU Boulder employees have access to, and are responsible for protecting, a wide variety of sensitive information. Unauthorized exposure of information such as student academic records, medical information, credit card information, and social security numbers can have a harmful effect on people's lives. Therefore, OIT recommends scanning your computer for highly confidential data frequently so you can take the proper precautions.

Important: Spirion is not 100% effective. There are many file types that store information in a way that it cannot interpret and there are limits to the search commands themselves. The tools attempt to strike a good balance between effectiveness and usability.


  • Available for both Windows and Mac. (Linux users should use SENF).
  • In Windows, Spirion searches emails contained in Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • In Mac, Spirion does not support email searching at this time.
  • Aids faculty and staff in adhering to university-wide security policies.
  • Simple, intuitive interface that is easy to use.

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Spirion is provided at no direct cost to you or your department.

Who can get it

This service is available to faculty, staff, and student employees.

How to get it

Faculty & Staff can download OIT's preconfigured version of Spirion. An IdentiKey is required for download.