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Dating through Social Media

In life it isn’t easy meeting the right person, the woman/man of your dreams in a chance meeting.

The one individual in the whole world that you feel completes you, gets you, loves you, and puts you above everything else.  The last face you see before you go to bed at night and the last voice you hear before you fall asleep.

The internet and social media brings these wants closer to you than you would have even been able to do on your own.  Once click and you see that perfect person posted on your screen with all the features you ever wanted, the smile that lights up your face, the eyes, the hair and finally the body; all are perfection, or are they?

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Teenagers and Cell Phones

Here at International Investigators, we pay attention.  We listen and learn and share our expertise and case example outcomes with our Clients.  It usually starts out like “I bet you haven’t heard this before” and in most cases we have.  What we haven’t heard are the thought patterns and real life situations with a teenager.  Therefore, we asked an 18 year old female granddaughter of one of our employees the importance of her phone, what she does with it, how she sets up her passwords and who she shares with.  This is what she told us:

The life of an 18 year old is so drama filled and complexly effortless now that everyone has a cell phone. Just one touch of a button and you’ve [...]

Would You Immediately Accept that You are a Lost Heir?

Have you ever head of a “successional” or “probate” genealogist? Apparently, they do exist, at least in Europe, but the opposite side of the coin is that some who claim the title are con artists. Yes, that means there is yet one more trick coming to light.

While investigators like International Investigators are pros who know how to find a missing person or find missing heirs, the process undertaken by a successional genealogist is a little different.

What is usually involved is a contract stating that they get 30 -35% of the inheritance if they can trace you back to an estate that is pending. Now, one story I read talked about a man whose grandfather had a great-nephew who died, unmarried and leaving no will. [...]

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    Is the Purchase of a Smartwatch Setting You up for Digital Forensics Services?

Is the Purchase of a Smartwatch Setting You up for Digital Forensics Services?

Who do you know with one of the smart, sleek, new smartwatches? Ohhh. So Cool! And so vulnerable to hacking. More so than a smartphone or a tablet.

Why?

A recent article in the Christian Post explains. According to a recent study by Dr. Frank Breitinger, associate director of the University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group in Connecticut, there is a “lack of encryption and an unsecure authentication system” in all the smartwatches they tested.

In the study they tried to infiltrate the devices to get a variety of information such as emails, calendars, messages, health, fitness and financial data. In all cases, if the information was on the device, they were able to get it!

Computer forensics experts like those at International Investigators [...]

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    Do You Think Computer Forensics Conjures Up the Past Like Magic?

Do You Think Computer Forensics Conjures Up the Past Like Magic?

Computer forensics is not magic, in fact it is very technical in nature and can be very exacting. People always wonder how the computer forensics experts at International Investigators can “conjure” up “stuff” from computers that the owners thought was gone. How does forensics data recovery work?

When it comes to files, forensic computer investigations and computer forensic analysis works from a three-pronged approach.

The first is to recover files as we users know them. For example, a Word document or an Excel worksheet or workbook. These are files that openly exist on the computer. These are not files the user thinks has been deleted or removed. Although some of those could exist in their original form in the recycle or trash folders.
The second is the [...]

Computer Forensics Done Right – or not at all

Recently the Department of Justice issued a US search warrant to Microsoft in regard to emails sent from an Ireland-based subscriber. According to an article in the Guardian, “The United States government has the right to demand the emails of anyone in the world from any email provider headquartered within US borders, Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyers told a federal appeals court…)

While they argue the case in court with Microsoft contending that the DoJ has exceeded its authority, computer forensics firms here in the US are legally bound to obtain permission from device owners and to follow a legal process for cell records in digital forensics investigations.

Some may believe that computer forensics investigations are done in the shadows. That may appear to be the [...]

Are You Aware of What You’re Leaving on That Sim Card?

The good old factory reset has done enough for you to get rid of that old phone, right? NOTHING could be less true! And that could be enough to bring your business, your marriage or your financial life down for good.

Let me explain.

So many people are willing to donate – or sell – their old phones when the newest version arrives on their doorstep.

The cellphone expert here at International Investigators knows that all he has to do is run a little sim card forensics and he can collect all sorts of data from that donated phone. And it’s not just a jumble of code, no, it’s phone numbers, names, messages and personal information.

There was a blog post we stumbled across online where a man [...]

Not All Office Spying is About Corporate Espionage

Many times, our clients are flabbergasted after we conduct a very confidential TSCM sweep of their offices. When TSCM services are combined with digital forensics, the findings catch them by surprise.

It’s not uncommon for IT departments to be asked to monitor employee’s habits in surfing the Internet. Today with so much of the business world transacting business through the Internet, monitoring has been reduced to applying restrictions and developing Internet use policies.

What Sort of Investigation?

One C-level executive had a problem and contacted International Investigators directly. He was a little uncertain about what he wanted.

There was a female admin who was giving him some weird vibes. So much so that he went to personnel to find out where she had worked previously because he was [...]

TSCM Services Still a Productive Measure for Investigation

In today’s highly advanced technical age, very often the common person can conduct some research, click on some links, learn a lot in a limited amount of time and trace down all kinds of information.

But of course, even in this age of finding a lot about a lot in a limited amount of time, International Investigators still has professional access to data bases that are unavailable to the average person.

Then, we also make it our business to remain on the cutting edge of technology, especially regarding digital forensics, forensic computer analysis and forensic data recovery. Even with technology expanding in those directions, some people forget about the need for Technical Surveillance Countermeasures, or TSCM. Some believe that the collection of cell phones, tablets and [...]

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    Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Sadly, statistics reveal that more and more couples in their 50s and 60s are ending their marriages. This is such a prevalent occurrence that it has now been dubbed “gray divorce.”

In many instances, the wife has spent the marriage as a stay-at-home mother, also providing emotional support for her professionally busy spouse. Very often, in gray divorce, the wife is the identified victim, suffering long-term post-divorce financial struggles. Many of the women in these divorce situations have limited work skills and limited education. Their ability to grab good-paying jobs after divorce is fairly non-existent. Lack of education and job experience work against them, as well as their age.

A level of naivety is also seen among women in their 50s and older. For most, if [...]