CYBER SLEUTHING: Tracking and Tracing Made Easy Via The Internet
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to track or find out the identity of someone--whether a cyberstalker, a bandwidth thief, or a mystery caller? Well, it happens to us all at some point, and for various reasons.The internet is full of people who love to annoy or make threats.
Good news, though. If the ones hounding you are careless, they can be easily tracked, especially if not using a proxy/anonymity tool. And you can use their mobile phone number, their email or their Facebook ID to track.
Facebook is full of stalkers and annoying people and fake profiles. We can’t get rid of all of them at once, and we are mostly stuck with just the option of ignoring these annoying people online.
But there are some who are really persistent, and will even go through the length of creating new IDs so they can continue badgering after being blocked.So, sometimes, tracking them and hacking into their computers or gadgets comes as the only solution.To do that, you will need to know their IP address. And once you have it, you will also be able to trace their physical location.
In both Windows and OSX, you can use the “netstat” command to list the active connections and listening ports. Chat with the person of interest, then open the command prompt (start-cmd for Windows, Terminal for OSX), and type “netstat” or “netstat -a” or “netstat -an”. This will list the IP addresses of all active connections. Afterwards, you can list all the suspicious IPs.
Once you have got the IP Address you want, its time to trace it. To do that we will need a website that give us tracing/ tracking options, some of the best sites are :
The above sites can help trace IP addresses to their physical locations, and they are quite nifty to use. Just jot the IP you noted and put it in their search engine.
Track By Cell Phone Number
Just search for sites that trace cell numbers, and then type their cell number in the search box. Try this website: http://www.truecaller.com
Track By E-mail Address
Search these websites for e-mail address identities: http://www.bananatag.com/
* Published in print version (Voice of the South, Volume 13, No. 7)