Internet Searching – Lite

Course Description

In this self paced online course participants will be exposed to a multiplicity of OSINT and SOCMINT techniques that will enhance their previous knowledge of open source investigations. Everything from learning about their web browser, exploiting Google searches and the main social media sites.

When Offered

  • Online
  • Course length: 4 weeks / 25 hours

Current 2022 course offerings:

  • Jan 5, 2022 – Feb 2, 2022
  • Jan 31, 2022 – Feb 28, 2022
  • April 4, 2022 – May 2, 2022
  • May 2, 2022 – May 30, 2022
  • June 1, 2022 – June 29, 2022
  • Sept 7, 2022 – Oct 5, 2022
  • Oct 3, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022
  • Nov 1, 2022 – Nov 29, 2022

Who Should Take This Course

  • Any investigator that wants to expand upon their OSINT & SOCMINT knowledge. This course covers a multitude of different topics without going into too much depth.


  • Familiarity with the Internet and social media

Course Goals

Upon the successful completion of this program students will be able to competently data mine the surface web in order to gather information on individuals, groups and events in order to further their investigation(s).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, through open source, how to conduct an investigation on an individual, group or event;
  • Demonstrate how to exploit the search features of various social media sites;
  • State the importance of how to capture online information;
  • Avoid counter-surveillance
  • Have a better understanding of misinformation
  • Execute how to properly set up, use, and understand the Firefox and Chrome Web browsers;
  • List the capabilities of the Firefox and Chrome Web browsers;
  • Demonstrate how to manipulate Google searches through Google specific search terms.

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.

Course Evaluation

  • 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.


The course price is listed for each college:


Module 1 Internet Searching - Lite
Unit 1 Copyright
Unit 2 Resources
Unit 3 Welcome
Unit 4 Introduction
Unit 5 Background
Unit 6 You Have Competition
Unit 7 Chrome
Unit 8 Firefox Add-Ons & Chrome Extensions
Unit 9 When do we capture online information?
Unit 10 Counter Surveillance
Unit 11 Proxies
Unit 12 All Things Google
Unit 13 Google CSE
Unit 14 Open Source Searching
Unit 15 Emails
Unit 16 Geo Mapping
Unit 17 Hashtags
Unit 18 Social Media Profiles
Unit 19 LinkedIn
Unit 20 Twitter
Unit 21 Facebook
Unit 22 Instagram
Unit 23 Final Scenario
Unit 24 Conclusion