Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location. There's no panacea, because connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP address that can be geographically mapped. Smartphones also connect to cell towers, so your carrier knows your general location at all times.
Things you can do to limit location tracing: Go to myactivity.google.com Go to "Activity Controls." Turn off both "Web & App Activity" and "Location History" This turns off precise markers being stored. On Android phones go to the settings for "Security & location." Scroll down to the "Privacy" heading. Tap "Location." You can toggle it off for the entire device. On iOS devices go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services and switch this off.
Also use browsers such as DuckDuckGo that don't track you. However ultimately the best way to stop being tracked is to go off-grid and stop using computers, tablets, phones..... so the choice is yours. ... See MoreSee Less
Economist Intelligence Unit now offers a Competitor Intelligence service covering 1500 companies globally. This move from EIU transitions it from its industry focus to producing reports on individual companies. As such, it should prove useful for monitoring top companies. The threat is to in-company CI units focusing on multi-national competitors rather than smaller start-ups, disruptors & companies NOT in the top 1500 corporates. The skills in uncovering intelligence on such companies needs more sophisticated approaches than is likely to be offered by the EIU but are offered by professional CI firms such as AWARE. (buff.ly/2J3px7J) ... See MoreSee Less
Wiby is a search engine that delivers odd results - aiming to recreate the days before Google. Wiby does not claim or want to be a Google killer and even states that Google is indispensible for finding answers to pretty much anything. Wiby tries to give the odd pages that Google misses - as they don't answer complex questions. Instead they bring back the surprise that used to exist - giving websites where you'll go "Wow - I didn't know that". For #OSINT research it may even turn up a gem that you'd never normally find. Who know? ... See MoreSee Less
Findera.com is a new search engine for finding people - aimed at supporting recruiters. It offers more powerful selection criteria than standard LinkedIn (e.g. length of time in a role, type of role, location, etc.) - and allows users to view emails, save and export data.
One caveat - all features are currently not available to the UK (or Europe) - so to log in to get the full power you need to be based in the US or use a VPN. To subscribe you need to give profile data which can then be used to update or grow Findera's people data.
Despite the caveat, another useful tool for finding people (and add it to sites like Cubib.com and it makes profiling US based potential contacts both easier and faster) buff.ly/2y15SQJ #websearch #OSINT ... See MoreSee Less
6 reasons why failing strategies continue to be supported by business (& political) leaders.
Reasons include - the "sunk cost fallacy"; - loss aversion; - optimism that things will improve; - not wishing to turn back; - pluralistic ignorance. - perceived threats to status if seen as uncertain
The risks can be avoided by - putting in place systems to ensure objectivity e.g. encouraging dissenters to speak out - and voting on strategies; - including alternative strategies - ensuring that strategy formation and implementation aren't carried out by the same people.
(Includes a case study on why Marks & Spencer went wrong after decades of success)/
Web scraping: How to harvest data for untold stories - ICIJ buff.ly/2DtfXLZ
Web scraping can help extract information that's otherwise not easily downloadable, using a piece of code or a program. Includes tips e.g. how to automate the process by downloading Outwit Hub from outwit.com and also an excellent presentation on techniques by Samantha Sunne on how to scrape data without programming at buff.ly/2QYmkcX. #OSINT #Search ... See MoreSee Less
At this year’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) in Tianjin, China, PwC unveiled a report detailing eight significant predictions for the future of artificial intelligence (AI), called 2018 AI Predictions – 8 insights to shape business strategy.
1. AI will impact employers before it impacts employment 2. AI will come down to earth – and get to work 3. AI will answer the big question about data 4. Functional specialists, not techies, will decide the AI talent race 5. Cyberattacks will be more powerful because of AI – but so will cyberdefense 6. Opening AI’s black box will become a priority 7. Nations will spar over AI 8. Pressure for responsible AI won’t be on tech companies alone ... See MoreSee Less
Strategy vs. Tactics: What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter? buff.ly/2nipGdi
Strategy and tactics are 2 terms that get thrown around a lot, and are often used interchangeably. But what exactly do they mean & how do they differ.
In summary, strategies tells you where you are going. Changing them can be like trying to turn around an aircraft carrier—it can be done but not quickly. Tactics are the specific actions or steps you undertake to accomplish your strategy.
The strategic theorist Henry Mintzberg provides a useful approach to thinking about strategy in adversarial situations. According to Mintzberg, there are five key components or types:
Plan: A consciously chosen series of actions to achieve a goal, made in advance. Ploy: A deliberate attempt to confuse, mislead or distract an opponent. Pattern: A consistent, repeated series of actions that achieve the desired result. Position: A considered relationship between an entity (organization, army, individual etc) and its context. Perspective: A particular way of viewing the world, a mindset regarding actions that lead to a distinct way of behaving.
But there's much more.....
The futurist Alvin Toffler wrote: If you don’t have a strategy, you are part of someone else’s strategy.
For the ancient military strategist, Sun Tzu, strategy is about winning before the battle begins, while tactics are about striking at weakness. ... See MoreSee Less
Strategy and tactics are two terms that get thrown around a lot, often used interchangeably. But what exactly do they mean, what is the difference, and why is it important? In this article, we look at...
Cubib.com is a new free Public Data Search tool for the USA. And it works! Where does your #OSINT target live. What domains have they registered and what cars have they purchased, and lots more. ... See MoreSee Less
Cubib is transforming the world of public data because we have a simple purpose: to make United States public data available to everyone, free of charge. Our public information search includes people ...
10 extensions to add to Google Chrome, now in its 10th year that really add to its power. Extensions such as OneTab to save tabs for later viewing, password management or Kopernio for slipping through paywalls and more! ... See MoreSee Less
Top list of search engines, including web search engines, videos search engines, meta-search engines, image search engines, academic search engines, blog search engines, directories, private search en...
Bing's got a new image search function that beats Google hands-down.
Unlike Google, you can paste images directly as well as URLs (like Google) or upload images. You can also take photos and use those - so great as a search tool with cell phones.
Another feature that's not (yet) on Google is the ability to crop bits from an image and so zoom in. In a test of a complex photo, it was confused on the location when using the full photo but got it completely right when I cropped the photo to key bits.
Unfortunately it's not great with faces. I put in a group photo and then cropped to just people I knew had lots of web images. It didn't find one. However for backgrounds, buildings and most other images I tried it does a great job.
A really useful tool in the #OSINT and #Search Armoury.
How to Spot Real and Fake News – Critically Appraising Information buff.ly/2x3z4qB
With 5 questions to test yourself: "John McCain Photographed Alongside Osama Bin Laden." Real or Fake? "California Governor to Relocate Veterans Cemetery to Make Way for Affordable Housing." Real or Fake? "New Species of Deadly Spider Kills Five in U.S." Real or Fake? "Firefighters Forced to Buy More Expensive Data Package During Wildfire." Real or Fake? "President Trump's Personal Lawyer Tweets that Hillary Clinton Will Get 'Free Room and Board' in Prison." Real or Fake? ... See MoreSee Less
Although it's now harder to find people than when Facebook search was launched, it still work. Mary Ellen Bates describes how in her latest blog post - giving some great examples. #OSINT #CompetitiveIntelligence #CI ... See MoreSee Less
25 Industries That 3D Printing Could Disrupt - from Art to Construction to Food to Pharma, Regenerative Medicine and Toys. buff.ly/2C4OQGs
I recently posted 43 quotes from corporate leaders who ignored disruptive innovations (buff.ly/2nEOg8i) that transformed the industries they once led. 3D Printing is another disruptive technology that promises to change many industries. Ignore it at your peril - whether you are in construction, or medicine or many more industrial areas. Here's a list of 25 industries that are likely to be disrupted by 3D Printing.
43 Quotes from corporate leaders when faced with disruptive innovations about to steal their business. E.g. “Neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition” (Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes in 2008)
Lots more - that seemed sensible to the corporate execs at the time but in hindsight were crazy. Competitive & Marketing Intelligence are needed to identify the threats from innovation - not just experience that will have been honed in an old world that's changed due to the innovations.
It's not a new problem. In 1876, Western Union Telegraph company was offered the chance to purchase the patent on Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. William Orton, President of Western Union, failed to see the value of the newly invented device. “What use could this company make of an electrical toy?”
With the iPhone as a glaring example, and stretching through Amazon and e-commerce and more recently blockchain and bitcoin, many innovations have initially been met with derision by big company CEOs....
I'm a fan of DuckDuckGo - even though I'm also a regular user of Google and Bing. However I'm also aware how these search engines track everything I do - all the sites I visit and so on. DuckDuckGo doesn't and in this article Gabriel Weinberg the founder of DuckDuckGo explains the benefits of using this search engine. He also explains how you can still be profitable without tracking everybody as is done by Google.
For an alternative search approach, where you can remain anonymous and keep your searches hidden, consider switching - not just on desktops but also on mobiles. ... See MoreSee Less
Social Media is much more than Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. There are at least 10 different categories - and your should know them so you can benefit not just business marketing but also marketing & competitor research.
The article describes the following 10 categories: • Social networks—Connect with people • Media sharing networks—Share photos, videos, and other media • Discussion forums—Share news and ideas • Bookmarking and content curation networks—Discover, save, and share new content • Consumer review networks—Find and review businesses • Blogging and publishing networks—Publish content online • Interest-based networks—Share interests and hobbies • Social shopping networks—Shop online • Sharing economy networks—Trade goods and services • Anonymous social networks—Communicate anonymously
In fact I would add to this - by splitting out the first category (Social networks) into purely social networks such as Facebook from business networks like LinkedIn). I also view Twitter as a blogging network and include it as blogs / microblogs. However the basic principle of knowing how social media isn't all the same and knowing differences is still valid. ... See MoreSee Less