Sixteen Unique And Little Known Tips For Pulling
Hidden Information From The Net
By Ralph D. Thomas

In this article I am going to cover sixteen tips you can use to pull hidden information on someone under investigation on the net. It's often called the invisable web but these tips are simple and easy to use once you know what to do or where to go. The tips can be extremely valuable in investigation. We are going to cover information on pulling hidden code on web sites, finding other people who link to web sites, finding postings or chat about a person on newswgroups, finding the front page of any web site, finding out if if your subject is either selling or bidding on eBay and checking a host of other public records you can access on the net. These little tips are fast to do but can sometimes produce a wealth of information for you.


Tip One
To See Hidden Code And Info Behind A Web Site

It's easy to see the HTML code behind a web page. The top section of pages often contain metta information on the web site. It will list keywords and descriptions the site is using to index on search engines as well as tell you what type of computer and software was used to create the site. Some web site designers input their own contact information and some site owners place their own contact information in the code. On Internet Explorer, simple selection from the pull down menu:

View
Source
This will open a page in raw HTML code.

In netscape, simply select:

View
page source

With the AOL Web Browser

Click or right click inside the page without hitting any graphics or links and select

View source

 


Tip Two
To Find Out How Many Sites Are Linking To A Specific Site

It's very useful to know who's linking to a web site you have under investigation for many different reasons depeending upon the type of investigation. A link to a web site may indicate a business relationship and may also indicate a potential witness that knows details behind the web site. There is certainly an association between the web site you have under investigation and the sites that link to it.

On Altavista, just use the following input:
link:<input the URL of the web site with no spaces>



Tip Three
To Get To A Front Page Of A Site

Often times when you use search engines to locate a specofic site, you end up on a secondary page. To find the front page, you need to look at the domain path. For example, thie below page is the PI news Page from our web site:

http://www.pimall.com/nais/nf/nfset.htm

The slashes </> simply take you to a seperate file folder on the web server that stores the pages. Therefore, if you insert all the information on the URL up to the first slash, you should be on the front page. In this case, it would be:

http://www.pimall.com

Which takes you to the front page of the PI Mall. If you also include the first data in the slash, this takes you to the front page of NAIS:

http://www.pimall.com/nais

 

It's important to note that may web sites and servers use a little computer code that is programed to open the front page. These are common;y set up (for example as follows)

/index.html
/index.htm
/default.html
/default.htm
/home.html
/home.htm

Therefore, if you input:

http://www.pimall.com/nais/default.htm

You rest on a front page.

It's important to understand that some web servers use the suffix "html" <.html> while others use the suffix "htm" <.htm>


Tip Four
Finding Pages Within A Specific Server
How Many pages Are On The Web Site

It's sometimes useful to see what other sites or web pages outside that of the site you are searching is also on a specific server. That's easy to do with the following Alta Vista search.

Just type:

host:www.xxxx.xxx

With no spaces and you will get a list of other sites indexed on that server.


Tip Five:
Is The Site Paying For Search Engine Position?

The biggest place to do this is <www.goto.com> Type in a keyword and see what comes up. The first few listings will tell you the amount per click through the site is paying for that position. Naturally, the more soneone bids on keyword or set of keywords for postion, the higher they come in at the top of the list.


Tip Six:
Who Owns That Web Site

To find out who actually owns a web site, just go to:

Who Owns That Web Site?
http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and input the URL. it will return a page of data on ownership.


Tip Seven:
Is the web site owner a spam abuser?

Do you need to learn the top level email address of the site? There is a new database to find out. Just go to:

Spam Abusers
http://www.abuse.net/lookup.phtml

And input the URL. It will tell you if someone has reported the URL as a spam abuser and tell you the top level email addresses for the web site.


Tip Eight:
Keeping It Covert-Anonymous Surfing.

Many web sites collect cookies. That is, information about you when you type in the URL. To completely avoid this sort of thing, you can do what's called anonymous surfing to avoid being detected. There are many good anonymous surfing services on the net that are free. One of the best ones is:

Anonymous Surfing
http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/secret-surfer.html

Just go to this page, type in your URL and you can look at the site without detection.


Tip Nine
Is your subject posting messages to newsgroups or has he or she been mentioned in newsgroups?

Is your subject posting messages to newsgroups or are others posting information about him or her? Deja lets you search all newsgroups by keyword and/or author. Just go to:

Deja
http://groups.google.com/googlegroups/deja_announcement.html


Tip Ten
eBay Buyers And Sellers

eBay is the largest public auction site on the internet with worldwide exposure and tens of thousands of postings and bids for just about anything for sale. Has your subject posted stuff for sale at eBay or bid on something? Scroll down on this database and you can search by buyer or seller. Now you can tell if your subjecvt has posted somethign for sale or bid on anything!

eBay Buyers And Sellers
http://pages.ebay.com/search/items/search-old.html

 


Tip Eleven
Reverse Email Lookup

Id you have an email address and want to turn it into a name with additional information, try InfoSpaces Reverse Email lookup:

Reverse Email Lookup
http://in-132.infospace.com/_1_77163533_info/reverse.htm

 


Tip Tweleve
From Web Site To Professional Licensing

If your subject requires a state professional license, you can check that on the net for most of the major states. For a complete list of links to professional licensing, just go to:

Clear Web Directory-Professional Licensing
http://www.clearhq.org/boards.htm

 


Tip Thirteen
Has your subject been in local newspapers?

You can quickly search many of them from the US News Archivies. Just go to:

US News Archives On The Web:
http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html


Tip Fourteen
Public Corporation

If your subject is a publicly traded corporation on the stock exchange, you can develop a huge amount of information on the company by accessing the required SEC filings. Just go to:

SEC Filings
http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml


Tip Fifteen
Is your subject a corporation in a state?

If so, most state corporate records can now be accessed online. Just go to:

James W. Martin-Attorney At Law
State Corporate Records Links
http://www.secst.com/StatesTable.htm

You will find out fast if you can search state corportate records in that state.


Tip Sixteen
State UCC Filings

When someone obtains a loan, there is usually a Uniform Commercial Code filed that indicates the lien of the goods until they are paid for. This is done on a county level and can be hand searched at the local county courthouse. The information is also forwarded to state records. Most states now permit access of UCC records on the net. To obtain a list of links to search UCC records, just go to:

NAIS State-By-State UCC Records
http://www.pimall.com/nais/uccr.html

 


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