OSINT Pathfinder XV training programme now fully booked

Teaching the best methods and techniques to research open sources planned, systematic and structured to produce actionable intelligence.

OSINT Pathfinder XV training programme

The OSINT Pathfinder XV training programme in February 7-9 in The Hague, The Netherlands is now fully booked. We work with small groups only, maximum 15 delegates, to get the most out of the training.

New registrations will go on the standby list with free invitation and first choice for the OSINT Pathfinder training programme in June 2017.

Click for Pathfinder training information


New Mozilla Firefox profile

I have compiled a new Mozilla Firefox profile for your portable or installed version of that browser. The profile is for version 44 of Firefox and is available in


The new profile has updated add-ons like new Scrapbook and Scrapbook Autosave, screengrab (next to PDFit!).

Also, there is in the bookmarks a direct link to my Search Engines quick reference sheets: Google, Bing, Exalead, Yandex, Twitter and more. The sheets basically go with the OSINT training programmes I deliver, so they may be a little confusing to use. Feel free to mail me questions though.


Interactive book apps – 10 of the best

Guardian, 14 September 2015

In the early days of Apple’s iPad, there was a gallon of hype around the potential for interactive book apps. When many of the early, expensive-to-develop examples flopped on the App Store, the hype ebbed away.

Even so, a number of developers, publishers and authors have continued plugging away at the idea, with the results often standing proud as works of fiction or non-fiction, regardless of the way they’re delivered.

Apps like Arcadia, 80 Days and Device 6 are playing with the form of interactive novels, while game-books like Blood & Laurels and A Wise Use of Time are reinventing the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy era of branching fiction for modern touchscreens.


To structure research or to present research results in a single page graphic visualisation, a mindmap comes in handy. It will prevent you from falling in the trap of always using a written report or a Powerpoint presentation.

Mindmapping software like XMind does the job. It is fairly easy to learn, quick to master and will present research results, conclusions, relationships etc. in a graphical display which makes it much easier to understand for the customer.

In my experience, mindmapping is an excellent solution to present research results to customers in a time constraint, customers who need a single page answer that is quick to understand and apply.

XMind is freeware, but the free version already has about all the options you need and the paid version is not particularly expensive either.

Visited 1.11.1-signed

A handy tool that will finally mark visited links in Firefox in another colour which will prevent you from accidentally clicking on the same link again, and, will structure your research a little bit more.

You can choose any colour you like for the visited links, I chose green, and visited links will be marked with that colour.

Sometimes this is not very helpful, especially when you are reading a manual or a book or something. A short-cut ALT-V will therefore turn this visited feature on or off. Very useful.

Add-on for Mozilla Firefox. Created by 7-elephant, Thailand, last updated: 13 Sep 2015


During the training programme we shall make use of LAN connections to the laptops. Past experience has proven again and again that WiFi conncections are not stable enough for an intense course like RIS Pahfinder. All laptops are therefore connected via cable to a switch and router. This will ensure stable, robuste and fast Internet connections.

WiFi is available throughout the hotel for free and is stable enough for your phone and/or tablet.



The laptops are provided with the so called RIS OSINT Research Machine utility package. This is a set of portable software that comprises, amongst others, a full open office suite, cleaner, editor, browser and more. The original software is provided as well.

The Research Machine holds the Mozilla Firefox browser completely adapted to the needs of an average OSINT researcher.

  • All the required add-ons are loaded ;
  • Bookmarks are all set ;
  • There is an extra set of toolbars to have all the add ons nicely arranged in an easy to use manner ;
  • The default search bar is moved from the upper right hand side to the middle and expanded to the full width of the browser screen. Buttons deemed unnecessary were removed, others regrouped in a more logical fashion.



For the duration of the training programme, a laptop will be at your disposal for exercises and work. The laptop runs a Windows v7 operating system and has full administrator right. This means you can install anything you like.

The use of your own USB sticks is supported. Feel free to take some with you. We will however provide you with a RIS training stick for you to keep.

CD-Roms are unfortunately no longer supported.


The Deep Web

Sometimes called ‘Dark Web’, ‘Hidden Web’ or ‘Invisible Web’. There is nothing much ”Dark” on the deep web nor is it hidden or invisible. The Deep Web is simply that part of the world wide web that is not indexed by search engines.

There are at the moment a variety of deep web places where you can search anonymousy and even browse deep websites.

  1. Tor. The ONION router. Uses the .onion pseudo top-level domain name to identify deep websites. The Tor browser bundle is for free and easy to install.
  2. I2P. The Invisible Internet Project.
  3. Free Web.

Please note, much of the content of the deep websites are used by serious crime.