Terrorist Propaganda and the Sophisticated Use of Social Media

by Laura-Lee Walker“The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it’s marked by volleys of tweets”.-J.M. BergerTerrorists are increasingly using social media networks, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to further their message and goals because of its accessibility, global reach and affordability.CIA director, John Brennon, spoke about how...

Location-based Intelligence as a Powerful Tool

by Laura-Lee WalkerLocation intelligence involves using geographical data to make decisions. Geographic information is being used in a wide variety of sectors including transportation, retail, healthcare, government, and education.Insurance companies can use it to better understand their risk exposure. Distributors can use location intelligence to improve stock levels and save money on shipments. Politicians...

Calling All Guest Bloggers: We Want YOU!

Your mission if you choose to accept it is to write for our popular blog. We are looking for engaging articles that are related to the private investigation community, potential clients or high technology (think drones, 3D printers and Artificial Intelligence!).Check out our past blog articles to get familiar with how we write posts and visit Write...

Social Media as a Powerful Tool For Investigators

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“All that sharing and interaction [on social media] leaves behind a long, complicated, and informative trail about a person’s personality, motivations, friends, activities, patterns of behaviour, and actions. That makes social media a powerful tool for investigators.”— Jennifer Goldbeck, Introduction to Social Media Investigation: A Hands-on ApproachThe main reasons that people...

How to Gamify Your Day to Improve Your Life

Can doing paperwork be as engaging as playing Call of Duty? Will children beg their parents to let them do chores? Can being a gamer shrink your waistline? Gamification explores answers to these questions and many more.Gamification is a buzz word used to describe the process of taking elements of game thinking and game...

Protect Your Home by Thinking Like a Burglar

The frequency of home burglaries is alarming and not expected to improve. Three out of four homes in the United States will be broken into within the next 20 years.Learning how a burglar thinks can help deter burglars from targeting your home and stealing your property. Burglar profileThe typical burglar is a male under 25...

Technology that will Revolutionize Healthcare

Technology is being developed to address current health issues in a more effective way and to prevent future dangers to our health.Scientists are scrambling to create evolution-proof cures for bacterial infections as we face a new era of Herculean bacteria against which antibiotics currently used to save lives are ineffective on a massive scale.What...

Top 4 Frightening Technological Advances

In 2003, Dolly, a female sheep, was the first mammal that was successfully cloned. This resulted in questions concerning not just the ethics of cloning; people were concerned about the unforeseen consequences of this technology. In addition to cloning, numerous technological advances–from designer babies to brain hackers–pose a similar concern.Designer babiesYou already have some control...

Heartbleed Aftermath: When changing your password is not enough

Many companies have scrambled to make security updates in the Heartbleed aftermath and many users have changed the passwords to their accounts. Do these security measures mean your information is secure?Our reliance on using the Internet to navigate our daily lives coupled with flaws in our primary defense, passwords (which are notorious for being...

Cybathlon to be the First Olympics for Bionic Athletes

“It’s competitive not only for the pilots [participants], but also for the device providers… We want to push the development of such assistive technology, which is still much too far away from daily use, from practical use.”–Robert Riener, cybathlon organizer The Olympics is becoming more inclusive with the help of technological advances. Many people with...