SEARCH Investigative and Forensic Toolbar

The SEARCH Investigative and Forensic Toolbar gives investigators and forensic examiners quick links for finding people, and finding out what they’re up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It also includes resources for cell phone forensics, the backbone of any modern-day investigation.

The Toolbar offers IP address lookup tools, wireless hotspot locators, and peer-to-peer network investigation aids. It helps users find the latest outcomes in digital evidence case law. The Toolbar also links users to the national ICAC Task Force program website and key U.S. DOJ websites.

The topics of the toolbar are grouped by utility: 

  • ISP List: A database of Internet Service Providers that will help you get the information you need for your case. For each ISP listed, you’ll find the legal contact information and instructions you need in order to serve subpoenas, court orders, and search warrants.
  • SEARCH Group, Inc.: Quick links to information about SEARCH and resources offered within our High-Tech Crime Training Services program. Also links to training courses and the training calendar.
  • Seek: Sites that search for people by name, phone number, username, or address. It also includes a link to, home of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to view archived web pages.
  • Cell: Tools for device investigations, plus resources for manufacturer, carrier, and tower information. There’s also a link to a comprehensive glossary of cell phone terms.
  • IP: Sites that help you find, trace or track Internet Protocol numbers. You’ll also find links to domain resources.
  • 802.11: Tools for locating Wifi hotspots, MAC addresses and WPA passwords; resources for Wifi standards.
  • P2P: Links to key tools for doing peer-to-peer network investigations.
  • Legal: Links to digital evidence case law summaries and other academic legal resources.
  • SN: Tools and tips for using the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in your investigation. Also includes a link to Facebook’s law enforcement online request page.
  • Health and Safety: Links to resources for investigators, educators, and parents on how to be safe on social media sites. Also includes links to NCMEC and the Stalking Resource Center.
  • U.S. DOJ: Links to key Department of Justice websites.
  • ICAC: Links to the national Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program website, plus contact information for regional ICAC Task Force members.

Access to Toolbar Content

The SEARCH Investigative and Forensic Toolbar is available as a browser add-on/extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Users can also access it on Internet Explorer/Edge, using the approach provided below.

The Toolbar can be accessed in a number of ways. For quickest results, we recommend users follow the direct links provided here.


To link directly to the Toolbar add-on in Firefox, go to and follow the instructions.


To link directly to the Toolbar extension in Chrome, go to and follow the instructions.


Access the toolbar here »

ieInternet Explorer/ Edge

Access the toolbar here »
How to download toolbar for Microsoft Edge »

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York.