Cybersleuth's Guide

  • The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet, 2018, 14th Edition Revised just hit the warehouse and is ready for ordering (by credit card or check). Although this 2018 edition is "only" a partial revision of the 2017 14th edition, it includes major changes to numerous important resources (from the redesigned PACER Case Locator and CourtListener's RECAP Archive and the re-designed...


  • Facebook has discontinued many search features useful to legal professionals conducting background and investigative research of users on the popular social networking site. These include searching by email address and phone number to locate someone’s Facebook profile. The changes were spurred by recent revelations that political data mining firm Cambridge Analytica scraped publicly...


  • The popular Internet research manual, The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet: Conducting Effective Investigative and Background Research on the Web has been updated to a new 14th edition. The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet features extensive reviews of the best investigative and background research resources available for free (or at low cost) on the Internet.  Unlike others...


  • by Mark Rosch & Carole Levitt | November 28, 2017 Findagrave.com offers a searchable database of gravesite locations for nearly 160 million people. The website and some of its search features were updated in November 2017. You now can search with a partial last name and even a partial first name, by a nickname, or by a maiden name. To choose these options, click into the appropriate...


  • Did Google mean to take away the ability to turn off "Instant Predictions" in search? Or did it just get lost in the last update of the Chrome browser? I had a look at my Google Search Settings today and was surprised by something I saw...or rather, something I didn't see. Ordinarily, Google offers you the ability to (somewhat) manage when you see the page of Instant Search...


  • Updated January 11, 2017 Updated November 14, 2016 One of our favorite unofficial, free sources for dates of birth, Birthdatabase.com, is currently once again unavailable is back online. After an absence of approximately three months, the site's search form is once again became active in November 2016 and retrieving birth date results. The URL now points to a "parked domain" type...


  • It never ceases to amaze us that our own U.S. Supreme Court does not post its briefs at their site, AND also fails to provide information on where to find Supreme Court briefs for free. Instead, the Court’s site tells you to obtain briefs from pay sites such as Lexis and Westlaw, and from Document Retrieval Services. The only free site it does note is one that hasn’t posted any new briefs since...


  • In an earlier post, we reported that TLOxp announced a forthcoming “Relationship Report,” which allows subscribers to simultaneously run one report comparing the assets (typically this refers only to real property and vehicles—not bank accounts or stocks) and showing other connections between two subjects. Pricing had not been announced at that time. Now that we have tried out the Relationship...


  • In our live seminars, we talk a lot about the ways Web sites in general, and search engines in particular, are able to customize the informaiton you see based on numerous factors, including your location (as detected by you Internet conneciton), your IP (Internet Protocol) Address, previous web history, among others. One remedy we we suggest to minimize some of this customization is to start an...


  • In a December 25, "Dealbook" article, the New York Times details how IRS agent Gary L. Alford used his online searching skills to correctly identify the previously-anonymous, "nearly-mythical leader" of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road. Known for years to authorities only by his online alias "Dread Pirate Roberts," Alford positively uncovered the criminal's true identity - "Ross W....


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