Interesting: Two File Types in Google Images #OSINT

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It is new – Google Image search responds to the filetype: operator for document types such as PDF, DOCX, or PPTX. security conference attendee list director vp filetype:pdf This is cool because Images is a separate database – its results ranking is different, and extra results may surface. And you can preview the images before opening the results. It is …

Google and LinkedIn Speak Different Boolean

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Google and LinkedIn are two sites where sourcers spend most of their time. Both support Boolean search. Yet it works in very different ways. For starters, The search is not really Boolean (we can call it pseudo-Boolean). Google finds synonyms to all terms entered without quotation marks. A search like backend java engineer -engineer returns results while “formally” it should …

How to Google for Partial Words in URLs #OSINT

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You cannot Google for a part of a word. (The Asterisk * means one or a few words in Google’s search syntax.) However, using the wonderful Google Custom (or Programmable) Search Engines (CSEs), you can search for partial words in the URLs. The way to do so is to take advantage of CSE URL templates. There, the Asterisk means “part …

Did You Know? Ten Google Tips for #OSINT Research

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Here are ten less-known facts about Google search. (How many of these are you aware of? There are some subtleties there.) You can restrict page dates either by selecting them under “Tools” after searching or using the operators before: and after:. However, you will be missing the pages that did not clearly tell Googlebot about their dates. Lots of public …

Hack: How to Get More Than 1,000 Results on Google #OSINT

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While the official displayed results limit is one thousand, these days Google searches never produce more than 300-500 results. But today, I ran into something interesting: you still can get many more results, and even more than a thousand. The secret is to also search in Images. If you thought that when you switch to images on Google’s search screen …

Hack: Google for Facebook Photos Interpretations #OSINT

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Based on the following two behaviors from the tech giants: Facebook interprets pictures and inserts the interpretation into its public pages HTML code Googlebot indexes these interpretation phrases – you can reveal lists of members’ names and profiles based on Google’s image search. The two Facebook phrases most common for tagging photos are: “Image may contain… “, for example, “image …

Google’s Hidden Gigantic Visual Repository

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As I was reading through Searching for images with filetype: on Google? by Dan Russell of Google, I was not that surprised that filetype: takes different arguments and finds different things on Google.com and image search. I had seen this behavior. But this was stunning: “to find an image, you have to use Images.Google.com. “ Dan’s post implied that Google’s index …

The Full List of 21 Google Search Operators

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Operator Meaning Pages containing keywords in: allinurl: / inurl: – the URL allintitle: / intitle: – the Title allintext: / intext: – the text allinanchor: / inanchor: – the anchor text filetype: – file types site: Narrow results to a site related: Shows similar sites (being phased out) info: Shows page info define Gives a definition The quotes (“”) Search …

Please Say No to OR on Google

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As I tweeted the other day, “I celebrate each time I talk a recruiter into stopping using long ORs – or any ORs – on Google. Stop – it is an outdated, ten-year-old technique.” And I do not mean using | instead. Here are some brief notes on the subject – and I hope to convince you, too! 1. Using …

Avoid These Nine Mistakes on Google

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Google indexes 35 trillion web pages. (Compare the volume with LinkedIn’s. LinkedIn profiles are 0.001% of Google’s Index!) However, mining Google is not straightforward because the web has different kinds of pages. We can search for terms in the page titles, URLs, or links to the page but usually not for values like job titles or companies. If you want …