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Identity Finder Unearths Secrets Hidden in PCs, Macs

PCW: My laptop was a ticking time bomb.

Deep within a nested hierarchy of folders in the machine's My Documents folder, in an archive eight levels down, sat 722 Social Security numbers. For nearly 10 years I had walked around with those Social Security numbers tucked away in my laptop as I carried it to trade shows, conferences and my office.