Spider 3.0 How-To

Spider 3.0 is a tool that runs locally on your computer to scan for certain types of restricted data. By default, Spider looks for Social Security and Credit Card numbers. Spider scans the contents of all of the files on your computer to see if there are any numbers which might resemble restricted data. It then creates a log (list) of those files to be manually checked by the user. One of the challenges of using a program such as Spider is that it uses “pattern matching” and typically finds patterns in some files that are not actually restricted data. So you’ll need to carefully go through the list of files that Spider returns to see if actual restricted data exists in them.  Below are instructions for running Spider 3.0 once it is installed on your computer.

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