Pursuit Magazine – Embracing the Past, Present, and Future of Investigations

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Old-school investigative techniques have their place. But as PIs, we ignore technology at our peril.

I speak to a lot of investigators. Inevitably, we share “war stories,” tips and strategies about how we operate. Over the last several years, I have increasingly heard something that has disturbed me: Many PIs express a complete lack of interest in technology—the investigative Luddite, so to speak.

The Low-Tech (or No-Tech) Investigator

Several brilliant investigators, who are extremely close to me and whom I respect enormously, don’t have a clue about using technology—like when I recently tried sharing some documents on Dropbox and was met with utter confusion. (No, I will not start sending thumb drives to share files.) Or one investigator’s practice of only using hardwired Internet (and never using WiFi), which he explained made you immune to attackers and phishers. (It doesn’t.)

There is also an utter lack of awareness about capitalizing on the explosion of social media. More times than I like to admit, PIs have asked, “How do you find if someone has a Facebook page?” Or “Social media is completely useless because all it does it tell you what they ate for breakfast.” (Hint: In addition to what they are eating for breakfast, you can find millions of dollars worth of superyachts and private jets.)

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Ralph Thomas is author of over 32 books on various aspects of conducting investigations, founder and director of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists,CEO of Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc, The Spy Exchange And Security Center and SpyTek Wholesale Imports. Thomas is a member of the Executive Security Council of Griffith Colson Intelligence Service, a private intelligence agency. Thomas's latest project is NAIStv on the Griffith Media TV Network. He has also developed A Native American Store in Georgetown Texas called Tribal Impressions. You can review his person home page off of: http://www.pimall.com/thomas

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