Facebook Picture Name City Search now available in WIST

Facebook has recently announced some very important measures to protect the privacy of its user base, in light of the recent leak of private user information to Cambridge Analytica. In particular, users will no longer be able to search by email address or phone number in Facebook to come up with matching profiles (under “Search

Beware the zombie short term rental listings!

Beware the zombies!  In light of Halloween today, many of our clients are not aware that short term rental listings can be in a state of inactivity while on the surface seeming to be active.  This phenomenon is termed “zombie listings”.  While the earthly zombies have pale grey skin, various facial disfigurations, and general ghastly

You may be over-paying for your next short term rental booking – watch out for drop-hosters!

Be careful on your next booking on AirBnB, VRBO, Flipkey or other popular short term rental website.  Why?  Because now we have drop-hosters.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at these 2 AirBnB listings and tell me what’s different: There is nothing different about the short term rental that you’re going to get when you

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 3)

Previous Page Second Experiment The follow on experiment was to eliminate the possibility that Irwin, the fake profile, was the cause why PYMK wasn’t triggering.  So I asked Vicky to visit some of my friends that were not her friends to see whether that would trigger PYMK.  She visited them each a different number of

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 2)

Previous Page Anecdotes from the Blogosphere I have heard some anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon, both from word of mouth and from internet sources outlined below in screenshots: The Experiment But how can we confirm this phenomenon exists?  I set up a little experiment. I had a friend name Vicky use my fake Facebook profile

Harmari Condo Finder

If your condo building has problems with AirBnB operators running illegal short term rentals, there is a solution.  Harmari by LTAS, leaders in online investigation and data mining since 2011 have launched a short term rental monitoring solution specific to property management companies struggling with AirBnB problems.  Harmari provides the following service: 24/7 monitoring of

Capturing and recording Snapchat video off iphone

Recently at a law enforcement conference, a crime analyst colleague was curious what technique would allow her to capture a Snapchat video as part of her investigations.  Snapchat is a photo / video sharing app which disappear after being viewed by the recipient.  It is very popular among the under-20 crowd that have been shying

Investigating Facebook Buy Sell Trade Groups

Recently a flood of activity has emerged regarding the free classifieds marketplaces on Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade Groups.  Thousands of groups have proliferated and it is difficult for loss prevention, or brand protection investigators to contain and monitor these groups for stolen products or counterfeit products. The interface is rather limited in what can be investigated.  About

Mobile Buy and Sell sites taking off

Mobile device-based buy and sell apps are exploding onto the Internet.   Although only 3 are featured on this page, be on the lookout for more.  All apps described below can download it from the App Store or Google Play. One popular app is VarageSale.  Your account is created by logging into it with your Facebook

Plus sign and other advanced search features on Harmari

Harmari Search features the power of Boolean logic and other advanced parameters associated with other search engines. When searching a phrase you might want to consider the + sign to the left of each significant keyword to ensure the results returned must contain those words.  For example, compare the search result for 2011 bmw z3