One of our favorite and quickest OSINT (open-source intelligence) tricks for tracking an individual online is through usernames (no surprise?). Emails are often private and hidden and most social networks do not publicly display them. However, Usernames are global, public links to a person. Each dating site, social network, forum, chat network, gamer site, etc., etc., requires users to choose their username. People are forced to identify themselves by a unique username across all major social media and dating sites; that’s why OSINT experts love them!
The average user is lazy or does not care too much about their username, so they use the same username on each new webpage they sign up to (people use the same passwords all the time, just like they use the same usernames!).
OSINT problems…Too many usernames!!!
However, too many usernames are great for OSINT and users of our website. Our site scans hundreds of profiles and lets you know if someone is sitting on a social network or dating site using that username. It does this within seconds. These social networks can be a gold mine for information about the individual and their contacts, locations, pictures, and pattern of life.
We also have some pretty advanced features in the new alpha build of the site, which can be found at Usersearch.io. It’s much faster and has several people working there, so, unfortunately, it cost a fair amount to build and maintain.
A small price to pay for such a great osint tool
Initially, to cover our costs, we had to ask for $1.99 per month for people to access it. Fortunately (or unfortunately), depending on how you view it, over 1,000 people join in the first month! Which was quite a shock, our servers did not expect such an uptake. So, we had to work longer and have more people to keep up, and buy more considerable servers, which increased the costs! So now, the cost is $6.99 per month but to honor all our founding members, we guarantee no price increase. Those users who first joined at $1.99 are still paying $1.99 and will never pay more, even if our final release costs $100 per month.
Price Guarantee. Honour. Loyalty. Respect…OSINT!
Without our early supporters, we would not be where we are today, so we respect that and will hold by our promise. No matter how big or advanced our systems get, you’ll never pay more than what you joined for. This goes for any new members now. We’re also talking to our users about what works and what doesn’t work too well and working on it.
For those who have not tried Usersearch.io, below is a small sample of how you can use our system to track a user across multiple platforms.
Step 1) – Open your web browser. Simple.
To start, I need you to open your web browser and visit Usersearch.org.
As you’ll see, the standard version of our site allows multiple free OSINT searching options for usernames/emails, phones, etc.:
- Social Networks.
- Advanced 1 Social Networks.
- Adv 2 Social Networks.
- Adv 3 Social Networks.
- Dating Sites.
- Email Search.
- Phone Search.
- Crypto Forums.
- Generic Forums.
- Hacked check.
Step 2) Let’s try the Social Network Search.
I’m going to search for the embattled US Congressional Representative from Florida, Matt Gaetz (for the reminder). Maybe we can help the US Justice department identify some outstanding accounts in his name!
First, enter the name into the window labeled “Search Username”, and simply click the magnifying glass icon.
Look, mattagetz is a username on all these popular social networking accounts, including ETSY, YouTube, and Reddit. If you click the ‘View Profile button, you’ll be taken right to the account in question. Let’s check out his Reddit Profile…
Looks like he’s pretty active there, but not exactly the exemplar sample of family values.
Step 3) Dating Sites
Many users come to us asking to check on a possible cheating spouse, they want to know if their partner is cheating online or active on a dating site. Much of these sites are locked down, and you need specialist tools like ours to try and work it out. We tried using our dating site search for matt Gaetz to see what we get back…
Interesting looks like we found something on two sites. We’ll leave that there for now…
Step 4) Usersearch.io – Premium Search Tools
Now, we move onto the Alpha version of our Premium site that only monthly paying members can access. Now, this is our Alpha build that we are working on all the time, which you can access for $6.99 (lifetime guarantee of no price increases once you join).
You’ll see that once you join, the interface is a little different:
Let’s try running our old friend Matt Gaetz on these new search tools. As you can see, the results of this search are far more extensive and complete. The interface is also much cleaner. Also, you can download all the results into a spreadsheet.
We tried out the second Social Networking search (group 2), whereby usersearch.io finds different sites under the same username, which is useful.
Similar to Usersearch.org, Usersearch.io has a dating site search. However, the premium version is far more extensive.
Just recently, Adult (18+) websites are now searched. Let’s try our old friend on that:
It looks like the username mattgaetz is registered on the adult website XVideos! Interesting. If you click on the profile, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of information on that username there.
When running an OSINT investigation into a person, running their known usernames through Usersearch.org and Usersearch.io is often the first step. The results from these searches can provide helpful information on which to base your entire online investigation. Using our site gives you a good idea of their individual interests and friends/associates (good tools in social engineering). Occasional, it can also reveal their real identity.