If we have learned anything over the last several years, it is that the internet is a dangerous place. Hackers can find their way into anything, and data once thought to be private can be publicly shared without your permission. The scary thing is . . . you do not have to be a hacker to obtain someone’s personal information. Dr. Tinsley Ariana Taylor Keefe shares from her experience as a skiptracer in Oklahoma City and says: the internet is a skiptracer’s best tool. Why? You can find literally anything on the internet. If you have access to the right website, you can find someone’s phone number, current and previous addresses, email, and social media profiles with the click of a button. For a skiptracer, having this information could make or break a case. This is why it is so important to have access to the internet.
The first thing a skiptracer will want to do is get familiar with the internet. Do research – find those sites that have ample information, practice tracking people and even look up your own personal information to make sure the site is legit. Dr. Tinsley Keefe pulls from her knowledge gained as a skiptracer in Oklahoma and stresses the importance of never paying for information. Too many websites will claim to have “full reports” available with the purchase of a premium membership, when truthfully you can find that paid information for free on another website. The biggest thing to remember when doing this research is to save the legit websites you find! It can be a real pain in the ass to travel back through your research to find a website you used successfully. Not only bookmark, but back up your bookmarks!
Too many times a computer crash will take place and you will lose all of your saved data and information. By backing up your bookmarks with an email or Google account, you completely destroy the possibility of losing your things. After you have done enough research to have several useful tools saved and you have tested your tracking abilities with people you know, it is time to take the next step and actually track someone. Tinsley Keefe claims from her past as a skiptracer in OKC that skiptracers are often tracking people that are late on payments or in a whirlpool of debt. You will have their first and last name, age, and any legal information that is accessible. That is all you will need. Plug their name into one of your saved search engines, and chances are you will have their phone number and addresses in less than a minute.
Technology is taking over the world. The internet is something more valuable than library books in today’s day and age. If you do not learn to utilize the internet, then it will become your enemy. You do not want the internet as your enemy, especially when it can help you more than harm you.