Online Tools & Tips

Google and Firefox as Investigative Tools: Students learn how to effectively use Google and Mozilla Firefox as investigative tools. Hands-on exercises using Google Advanced Operators, as well as Firefox add-ons, are facilitated.

Portable Apps: Portable applications allow you to carry your favorite computer programs, along with all of your bookmarks, settings, and email, with you. They come in very handy when working in the field with no access to an undercover computer. Students learn how to download, install, and use portable apps as an investigative tool. Course materials cover Firefox and related add-ons, Lightscreen, and other programs. 

Internet Protocol (IP) Addressing: Students learn the basics of IP addressing and how to trace IP addresses as part of an investigation. A hands-on exercise is facilitated in which students walk through the steps of deciphering the results of a search warrant returned from Myspace.com. Armed with this information, students are then led to the next steps to take in the investigation. 

Digital Officer Safety: Nothing is more important than officer safety, whether on the street or on the computer. Students learn how they leave traces of themselves when visiting websites, what information can be traced, and how to ensure that they are not compromising their safety or their investigations by inadvertently broadcasting this information. Instruction covers website data, IP tracing, cell phone considerations, Bluetooth snarfing, and home wireless networks. 

Become a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload: This computer lab teaches students how to effectively use Google to filter search results to relevant and useable information. Students complete hands-on exercises using Google Boolean and advanced Operators. 

Firefox Add-ons: Free Resources to Enhance Your Investigations: This computer lab teaches students how to effectively use Mozilla Firefox add-ons as investigative tools. These add-ons can offer time-saving solutions to day-to-day investigative tasks. 

mIRC Investigations:  This computer lab teaches the new investigator the basics of Internet Relay Chat (IRC), focusing on the software set-up to install and capture potential evidence. Students are taught how to set up and implement the chat program mIRC. 

Investigative USB Apps:  This computer lab teaches students how to download, install, and use portable apps as an investigative tool.  It covers Firefox and related add-ons, Lightscreen, and other programs.