Investigative Research

  • You knew it was coming…TransUnion | TLOxp has announced that they are raising the prices of searches conducted in their investigative research database, effective January 1, 2015. While still relatively inexpensive, these new charges represent a doubling of existing rates. In an e-mail to customers, TransUnion | TLOxp said: Your new rates for these items beginning on January 1, 2015, will be...


  • Instagram is a social networking site focused on sharing images and video. Users can also record and share fifteen second videos. Because Instagram started out as a mobile app, the Web site actually feels a bit like an afterthought–with not very much functionality.          (function() { var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/...


  • Bing has launched a new search function that allows users to easily retrieve content from Twitter using either the hash symbol ("#") or the "@" sign as part of your search. While Microsoft has touted its "special relationship" with Twitter (dating back to 2009), this new development does not appear to offer significant improvements beyond the search capabilities of...


  • Even if you have set your list of Friends on Facebook to the most restrictive privacy setting offered (Only Me), that list may still be visible - dependent on the privacy settings of your Facebook friends. Information security consulting firm CyberInt has reported a work-around that can expose portions of your Friends list to anyone on the Internet by comparing your Friends list to that of a (...


  • In a recent press release, TransUnion/TLO announced “a powerful new Social Media Search feature” that allows you to enter up to five email addresses associated with your subject (see next image) and TLO will scour over 145 social media sources to, “Potentially verify identity and gain insight on associations and relationships through data that helps create a more complete view...


  • The California Senate is currently considering a bill to limit the sale or sharing of the information gathered by license plate readers to law enforcement only. We have previously written about the availability of this license plate recognition data (LPR; also known as license plate reader data) from the investigative research database TLO.com. Currently, TLO is the only investigative research...


  • The popular Internet research manual “The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet” is now available as an e-book in the .epub and .mobi formats.   The retail price of the ebook is $49.95 at the publisher’s Web site -   http://linkon.in/1fAX8mU. Discounts are available to attendees of the authors live MCLE seminars (and other owners of print copies of the...


  • TLO.com is an inexpensive investigative research database (similar to Accurint) that we have written about previously, and often discuss at our seminars and in our books. TLO filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition on May 9, 2013. On Nov. 22, 2013, the credit reporting bureau TransUnion obtained Court approval to acquire TLO for $154 million.  In a press release announcing the acquisition,...


  • The fee-based online investigative research database TLO.com has unveiled a searchable database of motor vehicle license plates. The collection encompasses "a massive database of one BILLION vehicle sightings and the addition of up to 50 million new sightings each month," according to a company press release announcing the new addition. "Vehicle Sightings provides valuable...


  • Rootsweb has removed the searchable Social Security Death Index (SSDI) from its site. The search form for this database has been replaced with the notification below. Follow us:        Share this article:     Updated, searchable versions of the SSDI will apparently remain available at pay sites (like Ancestry.com). As of this writing, the Mormon...


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