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Careers: Online Private Investigations and Internet Investigators

Updated on December 26, 2014

Online Private Investigations on the Internet

Several years ago I realized I loved doing online private investigations on topics that were near and dear to my heart. I did extensive searches on the Internet about climate change, conspiracies and about events that sparked my interest. As a private investigator that did not get paid, I dug up all kinds of information on climate change cover-ups during the Bush administration - and my latest claim to "fame" was uncovering the real reason for the Dugway army base shutdown last year (it was because a vial of nerve gas was missing - the only reason the truth came out was because an employee there tweeted about it) I caught the tweet before it was erased, took a screenshot of it and it became public.

Although I felt bad for the person that tweeted it (she was reprimanded) I think it was an important lesson to those that use the Internet - people need to understand that a lot of what you write IS NOT PRIVATE - and this information can be used against you in an online investigation - whether it's by someone that is getting paid or not. And that information may come back to haunt you (Senator Anthony Weiners infamous tweet comes to mind)

Sherlock Holmes - a famous private detective
Sherlock Holmes - a famous private detective | Source

Writers and journalists are natural researchers

I think a lot of us, especially writers, have found that we love doing research. With the Internet and loads of information available to us, we can search for any topic that is interesting to us. For probably 95% of the population though, their Internet activity probably consists mostly of social networking, job hunting, reading the news and checking their email.

For those of us that are creative however and see the potential of our research, the Internet opens up a whole other aspect for us - we can use our creative brains to do our own online private investigations on any subject that catches our attention. I would even speculate that today's Internet writers will probably breed not only the next wave of great writers, but will also spawn the next wave of great online journalists, private detectives and online private investigators. And I don't mean just people that copy and paste what they see on other sites, I mean people that use the Internet to research, investigate and put together puzzles that most people don't see.

For me, when I do online research, it is like a puzzle. I like taking pieces of information and putting them together, weaving them into a story and sometimes discovering that my online investigations have lead me into uncharted territory (the Dugway story for example, I had become interested in WHY the base was really in lock-down, and that investigators gut hunch told me that there was something much more to the story) I never know what or when something may catch my attention, and off I go.

Online private investigation courses

I love doing private investigations on the Internet so much so that I have even considered taking some online courses on private investigating. From the bureau of Labor statistics there is information on a career as a private investigator:

Nature of the Work

"Private detectives and investigators assist individuals, businesses, and attorneys by finding and analyzing information. They connect clues to uncover facts about legal, financial, or personal matters. Private detectives and investigators offer many services, including executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; preemployment verification; and individual background profiles. Some investigate computer crimes, such as identity theft, harassing e-mails, and illegal downloading of copyrighted material. They also provide assistance in criminal and civil liability cases, insurance claims and fraud cases, child custody and protection cases, missing-persons cases, and premarital screening. They are sometimes hired to investigate individuals to prove or disprove infidelity." (From the Dept. of Labour Statistics website)

Sounds very interesting to me!!!

Some statistics on careers as a Private Investigator

Private detectives and investigators can work from home or for a company (21 % of them are self-employed). There will be a big demand for private investigators and online private investigations in the coming years: "Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 22 percent over the 2008–18 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations" - from the Dept. of Labour website.

Of course the drawback to private investigating is that in some types of investigating there would be a definite element of danger (if you are doing physical surveillance for example) but as for myself I could see a career as an online private investigator something that I would be very interested in. I also found out that there are classes and courses available online too -so you can even do these classes from home!

For those of you that are looking for a new career I thought it might interesting to present this information on a career that you may not have otherwise thought about. And for those of you that are reading this for the fun of it - a word of caution: Be very careful what you write about and post on the Internet.You never know if someone is privately investigating your online activities. Something you write, post or tweet could be used against you. If you want to say something private, keep it private because you never know if a private investigator is watching your online activities!

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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Jama) What an interesting job Jama! I will have to rent that movie and watch it. I don't believe I have ever seen it. Thanks for stopping in.

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    Joanna McKenna 

    6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    Although it was made before the internet, the movie "The Pelican Brief" with Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts is a perfect example of how a long-buried secret can be unearthed if one pokes around in the right places and puts the pieces together correctly.

    Dorsi, you might've added one more category to to the Vote capsule: "Have you ever been a private investigator?" which would've been a correct choice for me because I once worked for a P.I. in Las Vegas.

    As it was, I picked "Are you already a private investigator?" which also fits me, a genealogist for 30+ years who's rattled skeletons in many closets of my own and the families of others for pay and for free. The methods used are much the same even when the subject of the investigation has been dead for decades or even a hundred years or more. ;D

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Bob) Hi Bob, nice to see you!

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    Bob Ewing 

    6 years ago from New Brunswick

    Now this hub gives me something to think about taking my online work a bit further, thanks.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @dallas) Thanks and your welcome! I think climate change is natural and man-made, but the climate change cover-up is DEFINITELY man-made!

    @hello,hello) Thanks my friend.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Very interesting subject. Thank you for shadding some light into it.

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    Dallas W Thompson 

    7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Thanks for having an inquiring mind! Thanks for sharing. Flag uP!

    PS

    Have you considered the possibility of a major factor of climate change may be the position of the earth in relation to the other celestial bodies (sun, moon and planets). It is a law of physics that when something is compressed it is heated. When the earth is subjected to pressure from gravitational forces it is heated. When the forces are removed, it expands and cools. When you verify the millions of years this process has ocurred, there appears to be a correlation... earth's climate and earth gravitational influences (food for thought - not astrological!).

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @cephla) Thank you!

    @VENZKHVAM) Thanks for reading. And you are right, private investigators have been around in some form or another for a very long time. I hadn't thought about that.

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    VENZKHVAM 

    7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

    In fact this is one field which is available since ages together may be as long as human existed.

    For all the need of home, business, politics and all the other requirement where you need confidentiality private investigators has come a long with with adaptation of newer technology to deliver better accurate results with utmost confidentiality and guarantee.

    This is some nice hub which you had thought of and where no body has till now not thought off.

    I had voted up and useful.

    Looking to hear from you in my two hubs.

    I am following you also.

    And looking forward to hear from you in my three hubs.

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    cephla 

    7 years ago from India

    Fascinating read. Has no idea about the VX nerve gas. Great hub!

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