Cyber And Social Media Investigation
Updated: May 22
When it comes to technology, handling data and analyzing it takes a certain finesse and expertise. It also takes someone with proper credentials. Data is information and because of this, it takes more than collecting it but also studying this data to see what is useful in an investigation.
Individuals, small businesses, and large corporations are open to all sorts of online attacks: People set up fake social media or email accounts, pretending to be you, to spread lies or doctored photos and videos in order to embarrass you, spoil your reputation or hurt your business.
Someone pretends to be a friend to prompt you to share private, personal information or photos then threatens to share them with the world unless you pay a ransom. Someone harasses you online so much you block them, only to see them create a new account and resume the harassment all over again.
In such cases, the perpetrators hide their identities, attacking from a position of secrecy. We can expose them. Our experts know how to follow the digital footprints to track down IP addresses, cell phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts, and even specific devices used in these crimes. We can identify online harassers or extortionists with a high degree of success, arming you with the evidence you need to confront the harasser, seek a restraining order or possibly even press charges.
How does Digital Investigation Identify Perpetrators?
Criminals who harass, bully or blackmail their victims operate in the internet shadows to hide their identities. They use anonymous social media accounts, fake email addresses, and false identities.
But they always leave digital footprints, and our expert examiners know how to follow them. In many cases, our analysts can work with you to track down the domains and IP addresses used to commit harassment or extortion, determining the source of the crime. If you think you know who is harassing you, our experts can cross-reference IP addresses to find out for sure. All that evidence can be documented for use in a police investigation or court case, and our legal counsel can help guide you through those steps.
What is a social media investigation?
Social networks and social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, and Twitter are some of the most popular services on the web with hundreds of millions of users. Public information that people share on these platforms can be of value to anyone interested in investigating people of interest through open, public sources. A social media investigation looks at social media posts, photos, and individual conversations. You may need a social media investigation for a court case, a custody case, or as part of a background investigation.
During a social media investigation, the investigator will search for key terms and positions relevant to the objectives of the investigation. In most cases, high-powered software will be used to search, monitor, and set up alerts for new posts and account creations according to the investigation needs.
On top of forensic investigations, cybersecurity is one of the vital services offered when it comes to your or your business's safety and financial security. The right private investigator can reduce the amount of damage that has been done to your network and even investigate who was to blame for any breach on your network. Whether it is your network or a business, Private Investigator Switzerland understands that your information is highly sensitive and will work on a fast and thorough investigation to give you the resolution you need to move forward.
Early detection with a swift and efficient private investigator is essential to neutralize threats. That is why we must use only the cutting-edge tools investigative and analysis tools available. These are critical to fending off an attack on your network and adequately responding to threats of this nature. Our cyber forensic and cybersecurity solutions will give you infrastructure-wide visibility, attack context, expertise, intelligence gathering, and numerous other insights for your network of information.
Are you worried about getting hacked?
As private investigation agencies, we receive inquiries from many individuals, corporations, and professionals who have had their computers, cyber defenses, and networks hacked. A proper private investigator is not only needed to prevent or reduce business and life disruption but also to understand the data loss or access level that was achieved by the hacker.
Cyber incidents that were once a rarity are now more common these days than ever. Your life or business can be significantly affected by someone who is looking to attack you or your business through your network and secure data. This can lead to a disruption in life and business, public-relations nightmares, exposures, and even a loss of finances.
What are cybercrimes?
Cybercrime is a criminal activity that either targets or uses a computer, a computer network, or a networked device. Most, but not all, cybercrime is committed by cybercriminals or hackers who want to make money. Cybercrime is carried out by individuals or organizations. Some cybercriminals are organized, use advanced techniques, and are highly technically skilled. Others are novice hackers. Rarely, does cybercrime aim to damage computers for reasons other than profit. These could be political or personal.
Types of cybercrime
Here are some specific examples of the different types of cybercrime:
Email and internet fraud.
Identity fraud (where personal information is stolen and used).
Theft of financial or card payment data.
Theft and sale of corporate data.
Cyberextortion (demanding money to prevent a threatened attack).
Ransomware attacks (a type of cyber extortion).
Cryptojacking (where hackers mine cryptocurrency using resources they do not own).
Cyberespionage (where hackers access government or company data).
How to protect yourself against cybercrime?
So, now you understand the threat cybercrime represents, what are the best ways to protect your computer and your personal data?
Keep software and operating system updated
Use anti-virus software and keep it updated
Use strong passwords
Never open attachments in spam emails
Never open attachments in spam emails
Do not click on links in spam emails or untrusted websites
Do not give out personal information unless secure
Contact companies directly about suspicious requests
Be mindful of which website URLs you visit
Keep an eye on your bank statements
If you would like to learn more about our Cyber or Social Media Investigation please feel free to contact us today!
Private Investigator Switzerland
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