It’s Not Just a Selfie

Every Private Investigator has something they like doing. They might do it better than others, or they might be the only ones doing it. I am a Social Media Intelligence Analyst. I want to show you how that works. This is a photo of me. Just a selfie, right?

It will have a date and time stamp. It might just when it was posted, but it’s worth noting. If I’m looking for the person in the photo, I can see that it’s probably raining. If I’m not sure if she’s living in San Diego or Virginia, the weather would help. I can look up historical data for the weather in both places. Virginia is cold right now. Too cold for just a sweatshirt. Too cold for rain.


I can also see that there are no buildings across the street from wherever she took the photo. If I have a possible address, I can use Google Street View to look around her neighborhood and see if it looks like what’s in the photo.

I can see the interior of her car in the reflection of her glasses. I research cars so I can say, “oh, that’s a Honda.” Now I know what car I’m looking for. Are any of the cars on the street in Google Street View a Honda? If I have a possible address – and the make and model of the car, and that dangly crystal on the rear view mirror – I would know if this car were parked in the driveway. I can see that she has an iPhone and is drinking Starbuck’s, too.

It’s not just a selfie. 

Start looking at photos – yours and those of others – with a critical eye.

CALIFORNIA REAL ID / REAL ID DRIVERS LICENSE

Starting on January 22, 2018, the State of California is going to start issuing Federally compliant “REAL ID” ID and Driver’s Licenses. Anyone who regularly checks IDs, like those in retail/sales, should be aware that this change is coming.

Starting on January 22, 2018, the State of California is going to start issuing Federally compliant “REAL ID” ID and Driver’s Licenses. REAL IDs are only needed for certain circumstances, and won’t actually be required until 2020.

I haven’t seen one yet, but rumor has it there is a bear and a star in the upper right corner, and as far as I can tell, it looks similar to existing CDLs.

Anyone who regularly checks IDs, like those in retail/sales, should be aware that this change is coming.

For more information, check this link.
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid

WordPress Plugin Mined Crypto Currency

In the article, author Mike Maunder describes how the plugin “Animated Weather Widget by weatherfor.us” utilized JavaScript that would mine for crypto currency using the site visitor’s CPUs. [Click on post title to read more.]

WordFence published an interesting article today titled, WordPress Plugin Banned for Crypto Mining. In the article, author Mike Maunder describes how the plugin “Animated Weather Widget by weatherfor.us” utilized JavaScript that would mine for crypto currency using the site visitor’s CPUs. The plugin has been banned from the WordPress plugin repository.

Give the full article a read! https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/11/wordpress-plugin-banned-crypto-mining/