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How to Quarantine Files

Run Identity Finder to identify files containing confidential data on your computer. For more information, see the step-by-step procedure How to Scan for Confidential Data.

Once you have a list of files, examine each file:

  • If the file does not contain confidential data (false positive), you can ignore it.
  • If the file contains confidential data and you are sure the file is no longer needed, you should shred it. For more information, see the step-by-step procedure How to Shred Files.
  • If the file contains confidential data that you may need to continue storing on your computer, you can quarantine it and then determine, based on local practices, what to do with it. Follow the steps on this page to quarantine files.

Quarantine Files using Identity Finder

  1. If necessary, start Identity Finder by double-clicking the icon. icon
    To open a saved results file, click the Identity Finder application menu, and then either click Open and browse for the file, or click the file name in the Recent Results list.

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  2. In the scan results file, put a check mark in the box in front of each file you want to quarantine. You can quarantine multiple files at the same time.
    Note: Files you have quarantined are still accessible. The original file is shredded and a copy is securely moved to the Quarantine folder. You can continue to work with files after they are quarantined.


  3. Click Quarantine.

    quarantine button

  4. In the Quarantine File window, click Other, and then click the button with three dots.


  5. Either locate an existing Quarantine folder or navigate to My Documents and then click New Folder. Name the folder Quarantined Items, and then click OK.


  6. Click OK.


  7. Read the Quarantine Notification, and then click OK.


  8. Click OK.


  9. If there are files identified as containing confidential data that you do not need on your machine, shred those files. For more information, see the step-by-step procedure How to Shred Files.