Listening with Sonar

In this post, I would like to mention next steps in checking out someone’s story by tracking where they are much like sonar traces the ocean floor.

  1. Do you have a blog, website, social media page that provides “stats” or analytics?
    • Yes. Provide it to the person you are communicating with your site and encourage them to visit it. Then monitor your stats or analytics.
  2. Are you getting visits from where they claimed to be located?
    • No. This could indicate the use of a VPN which will hide their true location. You will likely be unable to find out where they are.
  3. Is there any other way to check geolocation?
    • Yes. You can look up the IP address of emails sent. Nothing is 100%, but it doesn’t hurt to check and can raise more questions which you can also consider a red flag. This website provides step-by-step directions on how to get to the IP address in an email header.
    • Email Header Analyzer
  4. Are emails coming through a Proxy Server?
    • Proxy servers have a wide range of security levels with Public Proxy Servers being the least secure. However, they can still mask geolocation. Here is an article about them if you would like to learn more about Prxy Servers and VPN’s: What Is a Proxy Server & How Does It Work?

This is where I will end this entry. These are steps that you can take to check up on location. Even if you don’t find the answer you’re seeking, the answer you get is still valuable information and something that should be considered as and filed away accordingly.

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