Open-source intelligence (OSINT) is intelligence collected from publicly available sources. In the intelligence community (IC), the term "open" refers to overt, sources (as opposed to covert or clandestine sources).
Its really important to search as many search engines as time will allow you. They all seach and index in differrent ways so use them all.
USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE RIGHT JOB!
Use meta crawler search engines and cluster engines for more refined results - clusty, uvrx etc. I find carrot2 is the best
Have a suspect and know where he is from? think about the spelling and what youre searching on in their own language!
DONT TRUST THE FORMAT/ SPELLING OF DATA YOU SEE
French phone number? 05 73 53 48 86 or 05.73.53.48.86 format?
Middle East number? 05/735-3488 or 05/735 3488 or 05-(735)3488 format
Where does the subject come from? Are you searching on the correct spelling?
The suspects name is THOMAS. He's Eastern European. Is it spelled correctly, or is it.........
TOMAS in Romania
or TOMA in Bosnia
or TOMAC in Bulgaria
or TOMASZ in Polish
Mohammed Farah is محمد فرح in arabic. Search it in Arabic! Use google translate to read the results.
Mohammed Farah is Maxamed Faarax in Somalian. Different spelling- different results!
Search in their own language and alphabet- search in the google version for that language
Results in arabic? Dont worry - GOOGLE TRANSLATE OR BABEL FISH
Want an online english arabic converter - YAMLI.COM
ORYON - OSINT search tool
Profilewho.com - Find People - Photos, Social Profiles, Criminal Records, Personal Data, Blog posts
webmii - cool social sercher on names
snitch - SN name search
UVRX - SN keyword searcher
peekyou - free people searcher
Itools - hundreds of search engines on one site
search engine colossus - cool list of worldwide search engines
Zaba- US name and number search engine
Username checker - fed up of searching SN sites for a user -this tool searcher 160+ in one go!
Knowem - searches 550 SN sites in one go for a unique user
Metacrawler - a search engine that searches ALL the other search engines - very powerful
Spokeo - people and email searcher
Dogpile - meta search engine
PIPL - people deep search engine
192People - people search
philb - really cool country search engines which relate to specific countries for more accurate results
People searcher - does what it says
192.com - directory enquiries and limited voters
Companies House - company searches and directors
Linkedin business professionals search engine -WARNING- the subject sees your visit!
Babelfish translator ( translates text into any language)
anon surfing - allows proxy searching ( hides your IP)
Friendsreunited - SN site
Myspace - one of the original SN sites
Peekyou - people finder
Wink - people finder
Email Header analyzer
Lullar- open source search on names and emails
www.infobel.com - telephone/address worldwide
www.magsys.co.uk - telephone code lookup etc.
www.royalmail.com - postcode/address check
www.companieshouse.gov.uk - WebCheck & Companies House Direct – List of UK companies
www.yell.com – telephone directory
www.bt.com - residential telephone directory
www.ukphoneinfo.com – telephone information
www.numberingplans.com – telephone information
www.192.com - telephone information
www.copernic.com - Copernic Agent Basic queries leading search engines to bring you back relevant, high quality results
www.paterva.com - Maltego is useful search facility for linking individuals & accounts
URL analyser - tells you what the site is about, how popular, but most importantly, where the host server is. Dont assume that its where its likely to be. Take my site for example, its hosted by wix.com in the states but the server is in the uk. Try it. It just might be that the server with all the evidence you need, is in your country!