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What Can We Find About You?

Not  too many people make the extra effort to figure out if something they  found on the Internet is true o. Usually, the first search result  is taken as the truth. That’s just the way it is.

And sadly, this standard of acceptance as truth is also the case for many  bosses, co-workers, friends, and friends of friends. 

We’re talking about  background information which can directly affect your online  credibility or reputation, or even your employment.


Similarly,  the Internet is big place. But, it becomes significantly smaller when  you have a unique name, or use an email address or username which may  be similar to, or confused for another person. Years of experience has  taught us one thing is certain - there will be other persons online who share your same name. There will also be other persons using your same username, or others using similar email addresses.

That leads us to our other topic…IT WASN’T ME!

Wrong, erroneous, or incorrect background information belonging to another  person can easily be mistaken for your own information during a background  check. Whether it's mean-spirited remarks, or photos posted on social networks, or references to your name in a scandalous news story, this type of negative background information can easily be found during an online background check.

This erroneous data can be found in many different forms, including:

  • Blog Posts
  • Facebook and Twitter Posts, Tweets or Comments
  • Instagram and Tik Tok Posts
  • Tagged Photos
  • Cached Craigslist Classified Ads
  • Photos Linked to a Similar Name
  • News Stories
  • Public Records
  • Cached Adult Classified Ads

Even  more worrisome might be an effort by an ex-spouse, ex-boyfriend or  girlfriend, current or former co-worker, or a jealous friend, to defame  your name. We see cases like this frequently and finding the perpetrators  can be difficult since this type of defamation is posted anonymously,  or under an alias. Yet another good reason to make sure you check your  own background.

Criminal cases and arrests records  reported online also add a new dimension and urgency to finding  background data which might be mistakenly linked to you. To be clear,  we’re not talking about a criminal background check. Rather, we’re  talking about links to news stories and other places where this info can  appear.

Even though there are laws like the Fair  Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other State and Federal protections  which control how criminal background data can be reported, there’s no  way to make sure companies adhere to them. 

Similarly, how do you  know a disgruntled co-worker or a boss who has it out for you, won’t  take these arrest or criminal records and try to use them against you?  They might go about it in an indirect way, but it happens all the time.

We believe knowledge is still king. Knowing what can be found on a  background check about you is a core component towards maintaining your online reputation. 

Obviously, we are not the only company who shares the  same opinion. Companies such as are dedicated to  defending your name, and preserving your reputation on the Internet.

We start by find your identifying information, such as:  

  • Accounts found by email address (hidden and forgotten email addresses) on sites like Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn
  • Accounts found by name on the most popular social networking sites like Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn
  • Posts on hobby and enthusiasts Internet message boards (vBulletin etc)
  • Old or discontinued phone numbers
  • Posts on personal blogs like those hosted on Blogger and WordPress
  • Resumes on various career or employment sites
  • Posts on cultural blogs like Huffington Post, TMZ and Mashable
  • Classified ads on sites like Hotfrog,, Backpage and Oodle
  • Current or Past Academic Qualifications/Representations
  • Posts on news and business blogs like CNN, Drudge Report, MSNBC and your local newspaper or t.v. stations
  • Videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other video hosting sites
  • Posts on social blogs like Windows Live and Twitter
  • References and comments or data which associates you with past employers
  • Old or forgotten email addresses used by you
  • Political campaign contributions
  • References and data which associates you with your current or past cell number(s)
  • Ads posted on Internet dating sites
  • Cached references to ads placed on Craigslist
  • Username registrations, classified ads and purchase history on eBay
  • Accounts found on photo hosting sites like Flickr, Photobucket and Twitpic
  • Posts about past job performance
  • Forum posts on Craigslist Ads posted on adult classifieds
  • References to public database resources (such as civil filings, bankruptcies, tax liens, defualt notices, criminal filings etc)
  • References and date which associates you with your current or past residence addresses
  • News articles from a variety of local and national news and newspaper sites
  • Petitions you might have signed - both online and offline

Then, we search the  Internet for any references associated with your identifying  information. 

Remember, we search for information using ALL  identifying data, including your name, usernames,  email addresses, phone numbers and even your  FAKE accounts! 

In a nutshell – if it can be found on the Internet, then we'll find it.

Results can include:  

  • Email Addresses
  • Usernames
  • IP Addresses for GEO Location
  • Hidden Email Addresses
  • Physical Address History Phone Numbers
  • Forgotten Email Addresses
  • Hidden or Fake Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vines etc)




Companies Use Facebook info to Hire...and Fire

This area of social network research remains a hotly debated topic. In 2011 the FTC took a  “no action” approach against a company which offers Pre-employment  social media background checks. This opened the doors for other  background check companies to include social network data with their  Pre-employment background investigations. The FTC only addressed the  issue of using social network information for Pre-employment  investigations. They did not render any opinion about your existing  employer using, or checking your Internet background.

There’s also another  side of the coin, one which is not openly discussed. And that is -  employers or prospective employers are COVERTLY using background  information found online to make hiring and firing decisions. Sure,  they’re supposed to adhere to FTC and FCRA laws, but the reality is,  some do and others don't.

Even for existing  employees who have worked happily in the same place for years, your  Internet background is now relevant. There may be a change in  management, a cut in the staffing levels, or perhaps you are fortunate  enough to be under consideration for a promotion. In many of these  cases, you can expect your employer to do a thorough background check to  make sure there are no red flags.

And, if you live in an  “At-Will Employment” state like California, this could be bad news for  you if you’ve ever posted questionable comments, pictures or other items  which could be viewed as questionable by your employer or potential  employer.

Background data being checked and analyzed by employers and potential employers includes:

  • Provocative or Inappropriate Photos
  • Untruths
  • Leaking Proprietary Company or Trade Secrets
  • Drinking and Illicit Drug Use
  • Abuse of Prescription Drugs
  • Marijuana Use
  • Bad Mouthing of Previous Employers or Clients
  • Poor Communication Skills
  • Bad Mouthing of Previous Colleagues
  • Confidential Information Leaks
  • Discriminatory Comments
  • Bullying Propensities




Divorce Case, Workers Comp Case or Lawsuit

The Internet is ripe  with terse statements made on social networking sites and thousands of  other online locations. People post thoughts or remarks in jest and  their meaning or intent might not be clear to readers. It’s most likely  happened to you, whether it was on Facebook or in a text message, you  had to further explain the meaning behind a message or post.

Comments taken out of  context or misunderstood by others can lead to serious issues with your  friends, family, co-workers or even a spouse. Have you ever ‘talked  trash” anywhere Online? If so, then a little damage control might be in  order.

We know what you’re  thinking “I would never post anything on the Internet using my real  name, especially something bad”.  We too know most people don’t use  their real names to talk trash, cheat or bully others Online. For your  background check, that’s why we check for the aliases, Usernames and  email addresses you thought you could hide. We check your entire Online  background.

Similarly, people  exploit their own irresponsible behavior on the Internet. Whether you  jokingly made offhand remarks or posted provocative pictures in the  spirit of fun, this type of background information can be used against  you.  Used against you by your ex-spouse or any other “ex”, a boss or  co-worker, a licensing bureau or other public agency; or used to  discredit your testimony as a witness and to raise questions about your  parenting skills. The list goes on and the comments remain wherever you  posted them. 

Can you remember all the different websites where you made  questionable, disparaging or hateful comments?

Another point is- what  if you are cheating? How hard would it be for your spouse to find out?  

Using a service like ours it could be easy. Do you know what  information can be found on a background check about you? Remember, we  find the hidden Usernames and other email addresses you use to conceal  your activity.

Lastly, sometimes you  can’t get out of the grip of an ex-spouse, or disgruntled family member  like an in-law. What would happen if this type of person set out on a  fact finding mission - about you?

 The Internet holds a lot of background  details about you. Reducing or hiding clues to your whereabouts, or  daily activities, should be a primary concern for you and your family’s  safety. And it starts by finding out what the other person can find out  about you.

Comments, posts,  pictures and other background information can be collected and used  against you as evidence if you are involved in any of the following  types of cases:

  • Divorce Cases
  • Custody Disputes
  • Child Support
  • Personal Injury Case
  • Libel and Slander Claims
  • Workers Compensation Claims / Workers Comp
  • Disability Claims / Disability Cases
  • Copyright Disputes
  • Patent Disputes
  • Breach of Contract Cases
  • Collections
  • Judgment Enforcement / Debt Collection
  • Criminal Investigations (Yes, cops use the Internet too)