Wayback Machine for Investigators

One of the frustrations about conducting OSINT investigations is how quickly information can disappear. In this short course we will show you how to recover deleted information from the Internet.

Who should take this course?

  • This course is for those in investigative roles such as analysts and researchers.

When Offered

  • Online
  • Course length:  2 hours


  • Familiarity with the Internet

Course Goals

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to competently find historical information from the Internet.

By learning to properly use the Wayback Machine, and all of its features, the student will be able to gather:

  • Historical website content (related to their subject, witness, victim, etc.)
  • Content that has been removed or deleted from websites

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate, through exploiting the Wayback Machine search features, how to use this resource to conduct research on an individual or business;
  • Demonstrate how to exploit the search features of the Wayback Machine;
  • Demonstrate how to compare changes between two webpages;
  • Find metadata associated to certain types of uploaded files;
  • Demonstrate how to save webpages to the Archive;
  • State the importance of using the Wayback Machine for investigations;

Students will require the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Unrestricted Internet access to websites

Course Evaluation

  • Specific course evaluation information will be provided by the instructor at the start of the course.

Why is this course different from other Wayback Machine courses?

  • Ritu has recent and relevant investigative knowledge and experience and provides practical tips and tricks for using the Internet Archive.
  • Ritu also offers a unique perspective on issues that affect Canadian investigators.


Course Content

Module 1 Wayback Machine for Investigators
Unit 1 Copyright  
Unit 2 What is the Internet Archive?  
Unit 3 Practical Application for OSINT Investigations  
Unit 4 Quick Search Features  
Unit 5 Compare Webpage Changes  
Unit 6 Searx's Search Engine  
Unit 7 Real Life Example  
Unit 8 File Metadata  
Unit 9 Saving Webpages  
Unit 10 Course Survey