While the debate towards privacy, and the focus on the same, continues to fill more and more space in both the media and our daily choices, finding people online has never been easier.
So when you want to find people online, you have to start with what you already know. Does the person have an email address, a special last name, or perhaps even a website or personal blog? In this case, it can be as easy as to type in the information you have and search on engines like Google. It gives you lots of information about the person’s interests and activities. Is there a phone number associated with any posts? It can provide confidential information about the person’s life. It can pictures or video on the site too. What’s in the background? How are the images connected? All of this is data that can be publicly found, and the new EU regulatives GDPR are one way to combat misuse of such information, with key elements being “the right to be forgotten” just to mention one aspect of this new law.
Information found on Google is like information found on Wikipedia. Just because it says something, doesn’t make it true. You have to look for sources and evidence to be sure, but using Google can be a great and quick way to find some information. However there is a lot of data that won’t show up here.
With the recent focus on Facebook, it’s only natural for people to start looking there. After all, it’s the largest social network in the world, and has information on a staggering amount of users. While this website has a lot of information on a more personal level, there are not many sources to verify with, and it can be something of a jungle to navigate correctly.
Special Search Engines
There’s a number of people search engines out there, for a number of different purposes. Some will find tax information and other public records from Government websites, while others are focused on obituaries or foreclosure listings. Together some of these engines can know more about your spouse or family members than even you, and can be a quick way to get information not readily available on either Google, Facebook or other public sites. Most of the times there’s a membership fee to ensure privacy.
That’s it for this time, if you know of any other good ways of finding people online, please let us know in the comments below!