Three Important Considerations when Hiring a Private Investigator Greensboro, NC

Whether you are experiencing doubts about your spouse’s faithfulness or wondering if your child is actually telling the entire truth, the overwhelming sense of worry can take over your thoughts and prohibit you from focusing on normal, daily activities.

If you fear the worst – that your significant other is cheating or engaging in otherwise unscrupulous activity and you want to find out for sure, a Private Investigator in Greensboro, NC can help you. If your parental instincts tell you that something is not right about how your child is behaving or their stories seem to lack veracity, hiring a PI to investigate and uncover any discrepancies can solve your problem.

Hiring a Private Investigator

There are several absolute essentials you need to scrutinize about the PI before you hire them to perform any investigative services for you.

  • 1) Is the private investigator licensed and insured? 

In order to work legally in the state of North Carolina, a PI must meet requirements established by the Private Protective Services Board (PPSB) in order to secure a license.  Victory Investigations’ Private Investigators in Greensboro, NCare fully licensed, insured, and adept at recommending the most progressive strategy and implementing it to achieve your goals effectively.

  • 2) Does the private investigator have experience? 

If you want to obtain half the evidence to prove your suspicions are correct, you could conduct your own investigation. When you are hiring a professional, you need to know that they are knowledgeable in thorough investigative techniques and have experience utilizing expert technology. Victory Investigations’ Private Investigators in Greensboro, NC are certified digital forensic examiners of computers and cell phones, which allows them to capture all the evidence with specialized tools to retrieve erased data like – deleted text messages, videos, photographs, browsing history and online chats. This experience and expertise means that we will find every piece of evidence available for you to have all the proof you need to support your allegations (or perhaps provide you with substantial confirmation that your suspicions are unfounded!)

  • 3) Does the private investigator guarantee your confidentiality and clearly outline fees?

Victory Investigations’ Private Investigators in Greensboro, NC honestly care about your specific case and do ensure your absolute privacy. Our commitment to you includes completely discreet services and a free consultation to talk about your needs. There are no hidden charges and no risks of your personal information being revealed to anyone at any time.

When you have more questions than answers, please contact us. We are here to help you learn the truth about troubling situations that require the expertise and experience of Professional Private Investigators in Greensboro, NC.

Victory Investigations’ professional private investigators service Greensboro NC, High Point NC, and Winston Salem North Carolina. A full-service private detective agency, Victory Investigations, stands ready to help you in your time of need. Let us help you balance the scales of justice in your favor! We regularly post to our Facebook page and our Google+ page….Check us out!

How To Hide Files NOT Steganography

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So you have some files, music, video, or anything you wanna hide from folks for whatever reason? Well, here’s an easy solution that does a good job of hiding stuff without you having to encrypt the data or spend any loot.

You will need a zipping program to accomplish this. There are many open source zipping tools on the web such as WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. Just grab one of those and you’re good.

What makes this work is that images are read from the header down, whereas Zip files are read from the footer up. This enables you to merge the files and no one will ever know that your “secret stuff” is, in essence, hidden right inside the picture. GIFs work best, but JPGs and other file types should work just as well. In this example I will be using a .jpg – my company logo (I’m a shameless plugg’r, grossly incorporating ME into everything…;). Now onto the process…

The first thing you will need to do is select a picture to be your container. Again, I chose my the Victory Investigations logo. Then collect the files you would like to hide.

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Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to create a folder on the hard drive like so:

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Place all of the files you want to hide AND the container picture inside that folder.

Next, using your zipping program, zip the files you want to hide as seen here:

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The contents of your folder should look like this now:

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As you can see, I’ve chosen the name of my zipped file to be “STAYOUT“.       Yeah, I know, cheesy, right?

Now the real fun begins…

You need to access the command prompt. You can do this a couple of ways. One, click Start then type “Run“, without the quotes. Then Type “CMD” without the quotes and the command prompt will appear. OR hold down the Windows and “R” keys on your keyboard, then type “CMD” without the quotes. Either way will get to the Command Prompt. At this time, you should have a window appear like so:

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Now you have to drill down to the directory where your file is located. At the prompt type cd\ to get to the root directory. Then type cd and the name of the directory where the files are located (in this case it’s “There’s Nothing Here”).

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The next thing you need to do is type the following (of course, replace the file names I chose with the names you have chosen):

copy /b Container.JPG + STAYOUT.rar Container.jpg

Now the command prompt should look like this:

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AND VOILÀ!

You can check the properties of the container picture before you add the secret files and after hiding them and you’ll see that the size has increased by the amount of the added files.

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You can now access your hidden files in two ways. Firstly, simply change the extension to .RAR and open the file using WinRAR. Secondly, you can just right-click on the JPEG image and choose Open With and then scroll down to WinRAR. Either way, you’ll see your hidden files show up that you can then extract out.

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Please note:  this is ONLY one way of hiding files. I know there are other ways and even different procedures to accomplish what I’ve demonstrated here. 

Also realize that this method, in no way, protects your data from folks like myself – private investigator and digital forensic specialist. As a computer forensics specialist, I am trained to look for this type of data. With that said, if you believe that your spouse or child is hiding things from you, it may be time to consult with a digital forensics specialist. There are legal ways of obtaining this type of information without using surreptitious monitoring software or hardware. Contact us today for a FREE, discreet consultation. Also, you can join me on Google+ here.

Spies Like Us

Most of us are under no delusions that “BIG Brother” is watching us and listening to our conversations. But do we really know the extent to which the government can reach into our personal lives?

Billions of electronic and voice communications are transmitted through networks across the world every day and our government and some other governments have the technology to intercept them all. And they do. I know what you’re thinking…Yeah, but the government and law enforcement only listen to those they have good cause to listen to….Maybe, but they can monitor you and me by the authority of the Patriot Act and I’m of the opinion that, although they may not monitor all data, they do store it for future use. With that said, I believe this massive power is a good thing in terms of protecting our country from domestic and foreign terrorists and other adversaries of the United States.

Companies such as Microsoft and Verint have developed technology that makes all this “spying” possible.

“Legal Intercept” by Microsoft is an application by which they can reroute any VoIP communication through a recording agent before it reaches the intended recipient. VoIP may include  instant messaging protocols that transmit audio, audio messages transmitted via gaming systems, video conferencing software, Skype and Skype-like applications, meeting software, etc. Since being acquired by Microsoft, Skype’s security has come into question because of known law enforcement agency pressure to enable them access to the data. While most VoIP communication is encrypted, some is not and can be easily intercepted by anyone with internet access and some know how. After all, VoIP does run through the PUBLIC internet. Even cell networks aren’t as secure as they claim and many of the applications riding on the network are not secure, which use Session Initiation Protocol or SIP sessions that are exposed to anyone that has access to the network.

Verint, also an American company, has developed what are called “Monitoring Centers“. These monitoring center solutions enable the interception, monitoring, and analysis of target and mass communications over virtually any network. Verint’s systems are primarily used to target certain criminal elements and terrorist groups, however, the technology can be tailored to collect and store millions of citizen’s emails and phone calls for later analysis. Verint’s “Vantage Monitoring” allows “nationwide mass interception” that “efficiently collects, analyzes, and exposes threats from billions of communications.” The company also states it can help governments automatically identify people from the sound of their voice using speech identification software, intercept the cellular and satellite mobile phone communications of “mass populations over a wide area” using a covert portable device, and provide data-mining tools to build detailed profiles about criminals and other “negative influencers” in real time. Verint’s technology is being used in over 75 countries. A little scary to say the least.

On a much smaller scale, your private life can be infiltrated by someone close to you by using simple applications and other software. There are programs (spyware) written specifically to monitor someone’s cell phone activities. This software can track you using your phone’s GPS capabilities. It can monitor your text conversations, see what pictures you take or receive from others, capture email and social media activity, and even listen in on your calls. Spyware for the computer is also available and very powerful. Even though it’s possible for this breach of privacy to occur, Victory Investigations can detect and nullify the program for you.

There are also very good applications for this type of monitoring technology. If you have a troubled teen or child and feel like you have no control or just feel the need to know what they’re up to, call us. We can offer effective solutions to fit your needs.

Victory Investigations is certified in digital forensics and is a member of The American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery. Call us today for any and all of your investigative needs.

Victory Investigations is a licensed and insured Private Investigations agency located in Greensboro, NC and conducts investigations worldwide. www.VictoryPI.com is also licensed to perform Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM). Contact us today for a FREE consultation:  (336) 298-2034, 1-888-482-6273, investigator@victorypi.com Visit us also on Google+ for great insights!

 

Text, Voice-mail, & Email Evidence

With over 6 Billion texts sent per day, texting is by far the #1 choice for communication. Texting is easy, discreet and cheaters do it all the time. Don’t leave vital evidence on the table – get to the truth!

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