Are you looking for a long-lost friend, an out of communication relative, or doing a background check on someone to see if they're a good fit for your company? The following article will teach you several ways to find almost anyone online. Although it's possible to find most people online, it's not possible to find everyone. You're going to have to play detective and gather as many clues as you can about the person you seek. Your search could take you down deep, dark pathways, or lead you to dead ends.
The following article explains how to find almost anyone if you only have their name, their email address, their phone number, or their username.
How Do I Find Someone Online With Their Name?
Where would you begin searching for someone? Would you start with your favorite search engine and their name? Yep. It could be that simple. Open a search engine and type their name in quotes so it looks something like this "John Doe". Using the quotes forces the search engine to return exact matching results first. When you see a result that you'd like to click, I encourage you to right click the link and choose to open in a new tab. Searching for someone can get rather in depth and you may need to leave a lot of tabs open to find hints as to whether or not you're going down the right trail.
If you've got more information about them, put that in the search engine as well. Perhaps you have the city in which they live or lived. Your search would look something like this "John Doe" "city" or you could also use "John Doe" "city, state". Again, right click on the results and open them in a new tab.
If the person you're searching for shares a common name, like John Smith, it's going to be tougher. If you search for "John Smith" and see lots of results that you don't want, you can remove those from the search by putting a '-' minus sign in front of a word. For example, if the John Smith you're looking for never lived in Florida, you can search "John Smith" -florida and all results with florida in them will be removed.
How Do I Find Someone Online With Their Email Address?
What if you don't have their name and only have the email address of the person you are searching? Proceed to your favorite search engine and search for their email address in quotes "[email protected]". Using the quotes forces the search engine to return exact matching results first. Sometimes people will use the first part of their email as their username in forums, etc. You can try searching for "johndoe" as an alternative.
If you only have their first name and the company for which they work, you can search "john" "company" and go through the results. If it's a large company with lots of Dr.'s whose first name is John, and the John you're looking for is not a doctor, you can search "john" "company" -dr -doctor to narrow your results.
Often times when searching for “first name last name”, social media results will show. You can open those links in a new tab and see if any guide you to the person of interest. People can get very creative in hiding their real name on social media. I've seen people like John Doe use Dohn Joe, nhoJ eoD, and Doe John. Sometimes they'll use entirely different names from their own, therefore social media isn't the recommended starting place in your search.
How Do I Find Someone With Their IP Address?
You can't find someone with their IP address without a subpoena. However, you can do an IP Address Lookup and get the town in which they live, but that's not always 100% accurate even if they're not using a VPN or Proxy. If you get the city, you're not going to get a physical address. What prompts someone to search for an individual using their IP address? Fraud, feelings, anger, etc. If someone has wronged you, block them and move on. If they've done something illegal, report them to the authorities, provide the information you have, and move on. You can also consult with an attorney to know your options.