Social Detection 101

Frequently Asked Questions

what is social detection?

Social Detection is the world’s most powerful anti-fraud platform. Used by thousands of investigative professionals across the insurance, governmental, academic and recruiting industries, the Social Detection platform offers a self-serve search engine, on-demand concierge analysts, and next-generation medical canvassing.

Social Detection takes what used to be a labor and time-intensive task, rife with conflicting data, false positives and compliance issues and simply makes it easier. The search engine produces defensible, courtroom-ready social media reports that are 60% more comprehensive than traditional searching. Investigators save time, money and resources and close more cases faster.

who uses social detection?

Insurance carriers, TPAs, law firms, private investigators, law enforcement, academia and more use Social Detection to investigate fraud. Improper use of Social Detection is not permitted.

is Social Detection legal?

One hundred percent. Social Detection only gathers online information that is available to the public, but is often difficult to find, validate and organize.

Are there ways people shouldn't use Social Detection?


Credit or Insurance Eligibility — Social Detection does not have access to secure or private financial information. As stipulated in our terms of service, users may not use Social Detection for credit, tenant or insurance screening purposes.

Employee Screening — Using Social Detection for purposes of employee screening is strictly prohibited.

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) — Social Detection is not a credit reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports.

Does a subject know they are being searched?

No, Social Detection is completely anonymous.

What kind of information does Social Detection provide?

Everything from photos, videos, resumes, comments, likes, relatives, associates, employers, education, usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, vacation plans, online dating information, scores and times from sporting activities… you get the idea.

What's the difference between Social Detection and simply googling?

Google receives billions upon billions of queries from businesses, consumers, students and curious individuals from 0ver 180 countries in over 145 different languages each day. Many of these users don’t realize the large volume content hidden beyond the reach of popular search engine indexes in website databases comprising the Deep Web. The corpus of digital information in existence – structured, semi structured and unstructured-forms a continuously expanding universe of information referred to as “Big Data.” The deep web provides a glimpse into the lives of individuals that wouldn’t normally be found on the surface web. Results will vary when it comes to scraping the deep web and must be examined closely. As of 2001 the Deep Web was approximately 400-500 times the size of the Surface Web. Social Detection is the only real-time data analytic search service that returns “organic results.” Social Detection a unique proprietary algorithm measures relevant data while simultaneously examining trillions of pieces of publicly relevant data from millions of websites.

How does Social Detection work?

Clicking the start button unleashes the Social Detection raw, real-time data analytical power. While searching billions of records and identifying relevant data, Social Detection™ is simultaneously filtering out insignificant information for normalization (normalization is the process of organizing the fields and tables of a relational databases to minimize redundancy and dependency) and enrichment of that data to prepare it for analytics. The deep web provides a glimpse into the lives of individuals that would not normally be found on the surface web. The deep web is filled with complex search returns. Results will vary when harvesting hidden data and must be examined closely. Today’s internet is significantly bigger with an estimated 555 million domains, each containing thousands or millions of unique webpages. As the web continues to grow, so too will the Deep Web and the value attained from Deep Web content. Social Detection™ can expedite the search inquiry with precision and business models that could help any organization beat the competition to the “data punch.”

How long does Social Detection take to search?

Short answer: no time.

In detail, clicking the start button unleashes the Social Detection raw, real-time data analytical power. While searching billions of records and identifying relevant data, Social Detection™ is simultaneously filtering out insignificant information for norIn the “manual world” of searching the internet, it can typically take up to 10 hours or more to provide a thoroughsearch result of a single individual. The act of re-examining information you’ve already found is evident by the results that are provided over and over and over again in a typical Google, Bing or Yahoo search. Normally the 1st 3 pages of a Google result is filled with “vulture sites”, sites that suck you in with information that appears relevant then redirects you to irrelevant paid sites… This wastes time and money. By design, Social Detection removes these “vulture sites” to allow the user to analyze only relevantdata to your subject search, in a shorter period of time; no need to muddle through thousands ofirrelevant webpages and sites. Social Detection search is completed in real time.

What is the deep web?

The surface web (also known as the visible web) is that portion of the world wide web that is indexable by conventional search engines. Search engines construct a database of the Web by using programs called spiders that begin with a list of known Web pages. The spider gets a copy of each page and indexes it, storing useful information that will let the page be quickly retrieved again later.

The deep Web (also called the invisible web, or the hidden web) is world wide web content that is not part of the surface web, which is indexed by standard search engines. Most of the Web’s information is buried far down on dynamically generated sites, and standard search engines do not find it. Traditional search engines cannot “see” or retrieve content in the deep Web—those pages do not exist until they are created dynamically as the result of a specific search.

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