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Operation Find Lite Software


NDSU has provided a small application to search your NDSU owned computer(s), network shared drive, network personal drive, and portable drive(s) for confidential data. The application, Operation_Find_Lite,  developed by Cornell University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and modified by NDSU, will search for SSNs and credit card numbers that may be contained in documents you have saved to folders/files on the hard drive of your NDSU owned computer, network shared or personal folders, or any portable storage media such as CD ROMs, DVDs, USB drives, or portable hard drives.

Operation Find Lite Software Use Instructions


Operation Find Lite software will search folders on your NDSU owned computer, your personal U drive (File) or shared department folder on the NDSU network for SSNs.  It will also search external media such as CD ROMs, DVDs, USB drives, etc.

Using the software is easy! Follow the simple instructions to begin your search for SSNs.

Click on the link below these instructions to start the software program.

Instructions for Computers using Windows Operating Systems

After you have clicked on the link and started the program, a message will display on your computer's monitor stating, "This application will search your computer for confidential information.... During the search there may be periods of inactivity. Please be patient. Click OK to continue."

Each time you click "OK," the next step will appear.

Step 1: The program will ask what numbers you would like to search for - SSNs or credit card numbers. Select the information you want the application to search for and click OK.

Step 2: Will ask you how you would like the report containing the findings displayed. Select the format that you would like and click OK.

Step 3: Choose the folder you would like the application to search in. NOTE: Do not select the hard drive of your computer (C Drive). This will result in many false positives from the operating system. It is recommended that you select the My Documents folder, or folders that you have created on the hard drive of your computer. You can also select your network U Drive (File), department shared folder, or external portable media such as a USB drive or CD/DVD to have the program search. Once you have chosen the folder/media you want searched, click OK.

Step 4: Will ask you where you want to save the results of the search. You have the option of creating a new folder, or selecting one in the list displayed. When you have specified a location, click OK.

Step 5: Displays the name and location of the folder you have requested to have searched and asks if you want to continue. Click "yes" if you wish to continue, "cancel" if you wish to stop the process. Depending on the size of your folder, this process may take a few minutes. Be patient while the program does its search.

Step 6: Alerts you that it has completed its search and provides further instructions and suggestions.

Run Operation_Find_lite software for Windows computers.  When you run the software, you will receive a notice stating the software is not signed. Click OK to continue.

Download and install the Operation_Find_lite.zip file for Windows computers.  Note, you will have to unzip the file and then install it on your computer.

Instructions for computers using the 32 Bit Mac Operating Systems

Download OperationFind_Mac_Linux.zip from the link below to your computer's desktop.

Double-click on the zip file. This will create a new folder on your desktop named OperationFind_Mac_Linux.

Open this folder.

Double-click on the file called OperationFind.pyw. Click Okay.

After you have clicked on the link and started the program, a message will display on your computer's monitor stating, "This application will search your computer for confidential information.... During the search there may be periods of inactivity. Please be patient. Click OK to continue."

Each time you click "OK," the next step will appear.

Step 1: The program will ask what numbers you would like to search for - SSNs or credit card numbers. Select the information you want the application to search for and click OK.

Step 2: Will ask you how you would like the report containing the findings displayed. Select the format that you would like and click OK.

Step 3: Choose the folder you would like the application to search in. NOTE: Do not select the hard drive of your computer (C: Drive). This will result in many false positives from the operating system. It is recommended that you select the My Documents folder, or folders that you have created on the hard drive of your computer. You can also select your network U Drive (File), department shared folder, or external portable media such as a USB drive or CD/DVD to have the program search. Once you have chosen the folder/media you want searched, click OK.

Step 4: Will ask you where you want to save the results of the search. You have the option of creating a new folder, or selecting one in the list displayed. When you have specified a location, click OK.

Step 5: Displays the name and location of the folder you have requested to have searched and asks if you want to continue. Click "yes" if you wish to continue, "cancel" if you wish to stop the process. Depending on the size of your folder, this process may take a few minutes. Be patient while the program does its search. Note: The Search Progress Window should appear shortly.  There will be what appears to be a large 16 ton weight icon that appears in the dock.

Step 6: Alerts you that it has completed its search and provides further instructions and suggestions.

The report will consist of either a Find_SSNs.htm or a Finds_SSNs.csv (this will depend on the type of report that you choose) file along with a Find_SSNs.txt file.

Important: Some 32 Bit Macs will not open by double-clicking the Operation_Find icon.  If you find this to be the case, then you will have to use the Terminal. Follow the instructions below:

Download Zip folder to Desktop
Double click the Zip folder to extract the Operation_Find folder to the Desktop.

Open Hard Drive
Open Applications
Open Utilities
Double click on Terminal

In the Terminal window, type (no quotation marks) "cd Desktop/Operation_Find"
In the Terminal window, type (no quotation marks) "python Operation_Find.pyw"

This should start the graphical interface for Operation_Find_Lite.

Important:  If you use a 64 bit Mac, you will have to use the Terminal.  Follow the instructions listed below.

Download Zip folder to Desktop
Double click the Zip folder to extract the Operation_Find folder to the Desktop.

Open Hard Drive
Open Applications
Open Utilities
Double click on Terminal

In the Terminal window type, (no quotation marks) "cd Desktop/Operation_Find"
In the Terminal window, type (no quotation marks) "export VERSIONER_PYTHON_PREFER_32_BIT=yes"
In the Terminal window type (no quotation marks) "python Operation_Find.pyw"

Download Operation_Find_Lite .zip file for Mac and Linux Computers

Instructions for computers using the Linux Operating Systems

Download OperationFind_Mac_Linux.zip from the website to your desktop.

Extract the .zip file in the process you prefer.

Open the terminal.

Change to the directory you just extracted

type python Operation_Find.pyw -p /path/to/search -o /path/to/output/folder -t html|csv [-a | -c | -s]

-p = The path to the directory to be searched. The path will be searched recursively.
-o = The path to the directory that will contain Find_SSNs output files. (Try to make sure that the output location is not in the search location)
-t = Type of main report file you would like Find_SSNs to produce. Only html or csv are supported.
-a = Search files for both U.S. Social Security numbers and Credit Card numbers.
-c = Search files only for Credit Card numbers.
-s = Search files only for U.S. Social Security numbers.

Search progress should appear shortly

The report will consist of either a Find_SSNs.html or a Find_SSNs.csv (depending on the type of report that you choose) file along with a Find_SSNs.txt file.

Download Operation_Find_Lite .zip file for Mac and Linux Computers

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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:47:45 PM