You may wonder how investigators can easily monitor and track the activities of persons of interest - I mean, isn't the computer anonymous? Can't you just go to the internet cafe and nobody knows who you are? What if you switch from Mac to PC? What if you switch locations often - what if you switch computers often? You can't be watched, can you?
The answer is simple and shocking. It's the search engine who reveals who you are. The millions of search engine requests that go by are monitored (just to see who is looking up how to make a fertilizer bomb, etc.) Under an investigation - they only need to know your location once, and they only need to watch one session to begin to build a profile about you. Once they can do that, they know when you change locations - even the address that you're at, even if you move a lot.
Leaving your computer with someone else doesn't lead to a false trace either. The minute your unique relevance score doesn't match at that location, ears go on again and when you sign on, your unique signature and profile pop up, and you have company.
Your search patterns are very unique to you. The sites that you visit are very unique to you. So while you can move from computer to computer, change locations or IP addresses, once Homeland Security, a private cyber investigator or DOJ starts monitoring you - unless you can become somebody else with totally different hobbies, interests, etc. they'll sift out your profile in the superhighway of information and continue monitoring within minutes of your signing onto the internet. This type of technology if powerful in monitoring anti-terrorism (this is one thing I agree about the patriot act).
So if you're downloading kiddie porn, or doing something else naughty, just know that tear gas can come flying through your window at any moment.
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