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New and Revised Competitive Intelligence Resources–2009

Posted by Bill on October 19, 2009

From Be Spacific, news about Sabrina I. Pacifici’s “Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated and Revised October 2009” research “master tool” to learn about companies, people and other things via free/lowcosts Internet sites. This is the “best of list” of the Internet. Great links, great research tools. See LLRX CIGuide 

Great investigative resource. Check it out.

Bill Lowrance

Lowrance Law LLC and Information Insights Inc


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Pitfalls When Using The Web To Find Someone

Posted by Bill on November 24, 2008

Posted by:
Ed Hruneni

When interested in finding an old friend or an associate whom you have lost contact with many people search the web and use Google among other web resources.

Often this works but then again often it leads to just frustration. The next step usually is looking on the web for free or pay services which advertized that they will locate old classmates, missing family members and loves of your past! Find anyone!

The free ones sometimes only get you on another junk mailing list, without getting anymore info than you already had. Other free sites are really not free at all, they do the check for free but then there is a cost for providing you any info they found. The cost can vary from $30 to $100.

You’re so close you go for it, and then results come in and, it’s the same info you already obtained from Google and sometimes even less. You want to complain but you notice that there are no addresses or telephone numbers listed so that you can make a complaint.  Consumer-complaint sites are loaded with complaints about these types of scams.

What could be next, try another web only company that charges up front for their services. Many people have tried this approach and many have lost chunks of money with little or no results.

Give Up? Do what you probably should have done to begin with. Find a Licensed local Private Investigation company that has the resources to obtain the information you’re looking for. Get the cost up front from a real person whom you can talk to, of which you have their name, address, and phone number.

To get access to data bases needed for this type of work, a real legit company has to be licensed, and checked out by the data base service. Information obtained needs to be analyzed by a real licensed/registered Investigator often a person with a past law enforcement background. This produces more accurate and better cross checked information. A computer geek without investigative experience who does not have the time to spend on your case (since he/she deals with volume not accuracy, and gets no additional money for providing more info) will not give you the same results.

Good luck with your future searches. Be aware there are companies like American Security Programs that will provide this type of service and only charge the customer if the information requested is obtained. No results no cost.

Ed Hruneni
VP American Security Programs
Investigative Services<

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Super Search Engine–Visual, Intuitive–Try It

Posted by Bill on February 20, 2008

internt.jpg  Need another search engine?  I always use several search engines in researching a case.  All have unique search capabilities.  Quintura is interesting and entertianing in that you have visual interaction.  Try it out. Click Here

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.
McLean, VA

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Online Living–Understanding Them

Posted by Bill on January 22, 2008

internt.jpg  An excellent  program is scheduled for January 22, 2008, on Frontline, PBS TV, 9 p.m. EST.  Learn about impact of the computer and internet enveloping the social culture and life of many people.  Great research and learning for all professional investigators.

From Frontline:  Click Here  

In Growing Up Online, airing Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about just how radically the Internet is transforming the experience of childhood. “It’s just this huge shift in which the Internet and the digital world was something that belonged to adults, and now it’s something that really is the province of teenagers, “ says C.J. Pascoe, a Ph.D. scholar with the University of California, Berkeley’s Digital Youth Project. “They’re able to have a private space, even while they’re still at home. They’re able to communicate with their friends and have an entire social life outside of the purview of their parents without actually having to leave the house.”

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc

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Gotta Question–Ask Assista

Posted by Bill on January 6, 2008

interview_cover.jpg    Many questions you want to know the answer have already been asked on the internet.  Assista lets you search by asking a question.  I amazingly returns a lot of previous asked questions along with links to answers.

Educational and interesting search engine.  Click Assista Here Courtesy of alt

Good searching and investigation.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Want To Know More About MySpace & Other Social Sites?

Posted by Bill on December 27, 2007

social.jpg  If you are doing investigations, you have to include internet research in doing the job.  So, social networking sites are a must search. Here is a good article by Cliff Landis, a reference librarian at Valdosta State University, listing social networking sites and places to learn about social networking: Article Social Networking

The article lists all the sites and other sites to learn more about the social sites.  Our good friends at PI Buzz, just posted a note on the importance of using the Internet for due diligence, background, employment and skip tracing investigations, as well as, reputation research and even surveillance for legal and insurance matters.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Tech Notes–Master the Internet, Search Some Stuff

Posted by Bill on November 24, 2007

Great searches:

Want to search Yahoo and Google at the same time?  Twingine

Metasearch sites:  Clusty, Teoma, Dogpile

Need certain audio?  Findsounds

Want to see that old Internet Web page:  Archive

Newspapers, magazines and television stations worldwide:  Newsdirectory

Need to find that certain grave site:  Findagrave

Gotta find the embassies from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe:  Embassy World

Hey, another day, another PIAVA resource

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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