By Neil Smith
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Neil Smith, a specialist in open source intelligence techniques. He shares some of his favourite online resources in areas from domain names to sources for tracking and tracing people.
As an investigative researcher I only use open source resources to complete my enquiries, which I regularly undertake for a number of corporate clients, insurance companies and other investigators.
Over the last 10 years I have also trained these techniques to mostly people inside law enforcement and as part of my courses I run a website at www.uk-osint.net which is free to use on your investigations (but not to copy) and which has around 500 useful links on the Favorites page. Most of these databases are free to use but I am often asked which databases are worth paying for, as there are lots of them out there and most people only have a limited budget.
If you are paying for these accounts then make the most of them and use them to their fullest. The more you use them the more you will realise how much information they have and how useful they are.
Even after being in this role for well over 10 years I regularly read articles on FreePint, including My Favourite Tipples, as I find them of great benefit to me in my job. If I find just one new useful website or database that will assist me in my research and enquiries then it is time well spent. You can never know everything, so it is always worth learning from others.
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