4 Tools for Online Investigations – Internet Investigation Tools

– Today we're talking about the four tools you can use to do your own online investigations Stick with us

(bubbly instrumental music) This is Tim Santoni, and welcome to Risk Mitigation TV On this show, we wanna help you mitigate risk in your business and protect you from those in your inner circle Today we're talking about four tools you can use to conduct your own online investigations and avoid detection when you're looking at competitors and researching infringement, counterfeiting and a variety of other things Stick with us The four tools we're gonna look at today are DomainTools

com, the paid version, specifically looking at Whois records and how those are useful; secondly, the Tor Browser, which allows you to anonymously surf the web, avoid detection from people identifying who you are and where you are; we're gonna also look at the Wayback Machine or archiveorg affectionately referred to as the Internet Time Machine; and lastly, we're gonna look at an open source intelligence research tool that lets you look at Facebook photos that have disappeared from your subject's profile but may appear elsewhere Stick with us So the first tool that I wanna talk about is the Whois lookup from DomainTools And I'm talking about the paid version of DomainTools, which is a small access fee on a monthly basis or a yearly subscription fee

The reason I like this is because it allows you to look at current as well as archived information Let me start off by explaining exactly what a Whois record is A Whois record is the ownership record for a domain name It's like the property and title information for real estate, tracking who's owned and transferred domain names over a period of time And I find there's some really great useful pieces of information within the Whois record that I wanna highlight

So once you log into DomainTools, you have access to a lot of great data First off, creation date, expiration date and update information specifically on the domain name that you're looking at profiling, which is great information Next, if the domain name ownership record is not privatized, the Whois record is not privatized, the email address visible will show how many other domain names are registered or associated with this email address And then you can conduct reverse lookups based on that by clicking right here Additionally, within the Whois record, contact information about who controls, manages all of the domain name information for a client

This right here is the registration for Slackcom You can tell it has a company name This can be very useful when you're looking to profile a company, determining who actually owns the domain name and other information about the company right here in the Whois record, as well as phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses and other information on the company and people who may have registered the domain Another great useful piece of information is the archived information

This right here is the Whois record for wheelsupcom As you can see currently, or as of 2010, this domain name was privatized However, if you look back to 2001 and you look at this record here, you can see that it was registered to Wheels Up! Travel in Plant City, Florida; and there's a contact person with an email address So if you're trying to acquire or learn more information about this domain name, reaching out to this individual may help you to determine if he currently owns it and if he in fact sold or transferred to somebody else

So this is a little bit about DomainToolscom and the Whois lookup tool, which is very valuable if you're doing online investigations The next tool that I wanna talk a little bit about is the Tor Browser This is a free download, works on Windows, Mac or Linux And what this is, is a tool that will, in essence, give you anonymous browsing on the Internet

And what it does is it bounces your communications off of a variety of different volunteer networks all over the country, and this keeps your location information and identifiers anonymous to websites that are tracking users and information in real time So this is really useful if you're doing undercover buys of infringing goods or counterfeit goods online It's also really important if you're researching competitors and you don't want them aware that you're on their site Again, this is a free download, Tor Browser I will warn you that because of the way the communications are bounced from location to location, that the typical speed that you would get are degraded

So you're gonna spend a little bit more time but you will be anonymous So check this out The next tool I wanna talk about is archiveorg, affectionately referred to as the Wayback Machine This is the archived records of websites all over the Internet, assuming these were not Flash-generated pages and they were crawled

Wayback Machine is like your Internet time machine and it's gonna give you archived information about websites that you're looking to research What's great is this gives you timeline of years and frequency of updates, as well as a calendar that you can actually click on and figure out what the snapshot looked like at that given point in time Additionally, you can take a look at product lines and descriptions of information at a given point in time and navigate on those pages, assuming that they were cached This is a cached page of wheelsupcom from February of 1999 and it gives you information about what they were up to at that time, phone numbers they would have used, any kind of advertising slogans

This is a great place to check first when you're looking at trademark infringement, trademark use and selling of products and services online Again, this is the Wayback Machine You can find it at archiveorg I encourage you to check it out

The last tool or resource that I'm gonna go over with you has to do with open-source intelligence, which is just a vague way of saying ways to collect publicly available sources in an intelligence context In this situation, we're gonna look for information and pictures and video and content that may or may not be available on someone's profile but could lead us, include some information as to where they've been and what they were up to and profiling them a little bit further So we're gonna be using a tool called Qwarie, which is an open-source free tool But first off, we need to locate the Facebook profile we wanna profile So we're looking here at Bill Smith

I don't know a Bill Smith So what we're gonna do here, take the link to his homepage profile here and you're gonna copy that and you're gonna copy it into Lookup-ID Every Facebook profile has a unique ID or serial number, which you need to develop in order to conduct the search So we're gonna do that look up here and it's gonna generate this code We're gonna take that code and we're gonna copy it and we're gonna paste it into the Qwarie Facebook tool

Now if we scroll down here, you'll see there's a variety of things we can search for: photos of our subject, videos of our subject, places liked, and this includes images and information that are on his profile or on anyone who he's connected with or has posted or linked him up So let's just do a search here, insert his information and there we go All these pictures This could include pictures posted by friends, relatives, anywhere he is tagged, and these photos are not in his profile but appear on this search, which is a great way to obtain information intelligence about your subject People commenting about your subject, where they are with your subject, what activities they're up for

This is great in asset research, locating individuals, family law, domestic disputes, custody disputes Great, great tool to get what some would refer to as deleted photos or information off of Facebook that could lead you to great, great information in your research of a subject So again, first you're going to develop that Facebook homepage link You're gonna generate the Facebook ID and then you're gonna go over here to the Qwarie tool, you're gonna click on Facebook and you come down here and search of variety of things It's also great at linking two accounts together where you can look at putting in two different Facebook IDs and see what posts and information where they show up linked together

Again I encourage you to check out this tool It's a great way to uncover open-source intelligence, specifically on Facebook Thank you very much for tuning in to the show If you like what you see, please give us a thumbs up Please subscribe for videos just like this

We put out a new video just about every week Thank you so much and we look forward to connecting with you in the comments (beep) And lastly, we're gonna talk about (beep) We're also gonna look at archiveorg (mumbles)

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