Why search for information?
Have you met someone fresh who interests you, and you’d like to know a bit more about them? Has someone bot harassing you online, through e-mails, blogs, IMs? Are you hoping to find details on someone’s past? There are dozens of reasons you might like to find “mess” on people, and the internet is your best instrument.В Knowing which websites to use and how to use them is the key, spil well spil thinking creatively when it comes to your searches.
There have bot many instances when I’ve dreamed to find out who someone indeed is when I’m online.В I go to a lotsbestemming of message boards and every now and then someone will say something that I find intriguing or offensive. It seems that a lotsbestemming of people like to hide behind their computers to spew hatred at anonymous strangers. I’ve bot successful te finding their individual websites, Myspace pages, etc, and exposing them to others on the message boards, spil an For Your Information service to other users.В I’ve used my speurhond abilities to detect information about people I know personally, even those who have threatened mij or friends. Merienda someone’s internet activity is out ter the open, they abruptly become much less bothersome.
Is It Reglamentario?
You may have considered looking for information about someone online, but stopped yourself because you feared that it might be unethical or illegal. Unless you are a hacker cracking into someone’s system, or you impersonate them to build up access to their information, there is nothing illegal about doing searches online. People willingly waterput their pictures online, spil well spil much individual information that is not protected by password access. I have found such embarrassing tidbits spil someone’s lovemaking blog, getting off blog, and ad on a risque personals webstek. All it took wasgoed coming in a few key words and – bingo- there it wasgoed.
Before you start your search, you should ask yourself if you are ready to see whatever comes up. You may be shocked or feel betrayed. This recently happened to a friend of mine whom I helped detect that hier soon-to-be ex-husband had bot convicted several years earlier of domestic violence — something he had never exposed to hier. Be sure that you are ready to see just about anything, whether on a government webstek or gegevens that the person him/herself has loaded onto a webstek. Sometimes it can be astonishing.
What You Need to Perform Successful Searches
Before you can hop online and find all this delicious information, you need to have a few lumps of information about the person, the more the better. Their verdadero name, very first and last, is essential. An e-mail address or user name (or multiples) are excellent implements. Any aliases that you know of that they use online can be searched spil well. Other helpful gegevens to know: birthdate, city/state of residence, job/profession, marital status, hobbies, interests, club affiliations. I’ve also had success tracking people down through their friends or family members. Can’t find the person on Myspace or Twitter? If you know a friend or family member and can find them, you can often find the person you are looking for. Be creative. Any odd quirk or rente that someone has can be searched online. The more obscure it is, the more likely that when you find a person linked to it with the name of whom you’re searching, it will be that person.
Where to Search
The place to start your search is with Google. Ter my practice, it is the search engine that will give you the most hits. However, you should also attempt http://www.clusty.com, a search engine that categorizes your search results and can help you to avoid having to wade through a loterijlot of futile hits. From Google or Clusty, you can click on linksaf and go from there. Te most instances, one succesnummer that shows your person will lead you to several more.
To use the search engines, type the person’s very first and last name ter quotations. This will search for that precies name. If it is a fairly common name, add another lump of information that you have, even something spil innocuous spil the city or state where they live. That can narrow down your search results. Be creative. Search the name with places, interests, companies. Anything to distinguish that name from all the others. You can also search the e-mail address(es) and user name(s) that you know for this person.
Other sites to search (using e-mail address, verdadero name, or user name) include: Myspace, Twitter, Hi5, Facebook, classmates.com, friendster.com and reunion.com. Some of thesis sites permit less information to be seen than others, depending on the profile settings. You may have to register with an account if you do not have one. Still you may be able to see a picture or even a puny amount of information that will give you clues into other searches you can perform.
If you have a utter name, location, birthdate, and/or approximate age, go to www.ussearch.com or www.intelius.com. Thesis are “people-finding” websites that will give you a little bit of information for free, and require you to pay for more. Without paying you will be able to see current and previous cities of residence and possible relatives, sometimes a business that they are associated with. You may detect that the person lived somewhere that you never knew about. If you find relatives’ names, you can search them on Google, etc. to see if there are any connections to the person you wish to track down.
Most states have a webstek database of legislativo court cases that have bot ended. You should be able to search with a very first and last name. Do a Google search for the state name and terms like “jurídico”, “court,” “docket,” “repository” or any other term you can think of that may lead you to the database. The information you can find here will range from traffic tickets to child molestation convictions. Te some cases, the records will be sealed, but you will know that the person wasgoed involved te some constitucional case at that time.
Other sites to search are photo storage sites such spil flickr.com or photobucket.com. Some albums are closed to non-friends, but some are not. Search a person’s name on www.linkedin.com to see if he/she has a professional networking profile. Also search www.stumbleupon.com by name or location. This webpagina will give you insight spil to a person’s internet browsing habits. Blog sites such spil livejournal.com or blogger.com may yield someone’s blog, which can lead to all sorts of interesting discoveries.
If the person is using a domain you don’t recognize (not Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, Msn, etc) you can search that domain at www.whois.com. I found ter one search that the domain belonged to the person I wasgoed searching and it talent a name, address and telephone number where the domain wasgoed registered.
Search sites like www.ebay.com, www.amazon.com with e-mail addresses or user names, and you may find extra user names (eBay), and wish lists (Amazon) that can give you information on what interests the person has.
It should be evident to you now that the avenues for search are like a spider web. You start with one person and a little information, and the more you find, the more possibilities for more searches you have. Creative pairing of names, places, interests, and e-mail addresses while searching is the best way to ferret out more information.
How to Use the Information You Find
Do NOT use what you’ve discovered to harass or stalk the person te question. If it were to become a police matter, your pc could be seized and your internet searches used to prosecute you.В
The information you find can be used to protect yourself, make you more cautious, or to advise someone when dealing with the person te question.В My philosophy is, if people waterput information about themselves on the internet, I feel no guilt when I find it. Perhaps it will embarrass them. Perhaps they should have thought of that before they did it.В Frankly, most of the information I find I never discuss with anyone. It’s ter the back of my mind when I overeenkomst with the person, providing mij an edge ter my interactions with them. Why do I need to know? Is it prurient? Perhaps.В But I also believe the more you know about someone, the better armed you are to overeenkomst with them.