In this course participants will develop competent investigative strategies for exploiting Facebook and "deep diving" into the user data. Facebook continues to be the largest social media site with over 2 billion users worldwide (2019). However, many investigators are either reluctant to use, or fail to fully exploit, Facebook and it’s phenomenal search engine. This is due to:
- A fear of social media in general and Facebook in particular
- They have never been taught how to properly exploit Facebook
- They rely on the office “geek” to find the information for them (who often misses a lot of the available information)
- Course length: 4 weeks / 25 hours
Current 2021 course offerings:
- June 28, 2021 - July 26, 2021
- October 4, 2021 - November 1, 2021
Who Should Take This Course
- Any investigator that wants a “deep dive” into Facebook to exploit all of its search capabilities and user data.
- Familiarity with the Internet and social media
Upon the successful completion of this program students will be able to competently data mine Facebook. By learning to properly use Facebook, and all of its features, the student will be able to gather information on:
- Their subject (and possibly locate other subjects),
- Their witness (and possibly locate other witnesses),
- Their victim (and possibly locate other victims),
- The crime itself (video and images),
- Monitor events.
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate, through exploiting Facebook's search engine, how to conduct an investigation on an individual, group or event;
- Demonstrate how to exploit the search features of Facebook;
- Set up their Facebook account for covert investigations;
- State the importance of how to capture online information;
- Set up "sock puppets" and why it's important to follow certain protocols;
Text & Resource Material
Students will require the following:
- Laptop or desktop that uses either the Windows, MAC or Linux operating system,
- The Chrome web browser,
- Unrestricted Internet access,
- Students will be supplied with an eManual.
- Specific course evaluation information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.
- Most courses have short quizzes at the end of each unit and a "final scenario" at the end of the course.
- Typically, most of the courses are either a P/F or, require the student to finish the course with a 70% average.
|Unit 1||Copyright Notice|
|Unit 3||Welcome to Facebook|
|Unit 5||Fake Accounts and Aliases|
|Unit 6||Old Facebook vs New Facebook|
|Unit 7||Facebook Spying|
|Unit 9||Profile Images and Photos|
|Unit 10||Finding Your Subject on Facebook|
|Unit 11||More Facebook Searching|
|Unit 13||Facebook Groups and Pages|
|Unit 14||Save Your Searches!|
|Unit 15||Third Party Tools and Sites|
|Unit 16||Facebook Myths and Legal Stuff|
|Unit 17||Facebook Final Scenario|
|Unit 18||Course Feedback|