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The Facebook Guide for Investigators

Course Section: APA-FGI-0801

Availability (updated hourly):
Maximum number of candidates: 29.

Facebook continues to be the largest social media site with over 1.8 billion users worldwide (2016). However, many investigators are either reluctant to use, or fail to fully exploit Facebook and it's phenomenal search engine. This is due to: - A fear of social media in general and Facebook in particular - They have never been taught how to properly exploit Facebook - They rely on the office "geek" to find the information for them (who often misses a lot of the available information) By learning to properly use Facebook and all of it's features an investigator can gather information on: - Their suspect (and possibly locate other suspects) - Their witness (and possibly locate other witnesses) - Their victim (and possibly locate other victims) - The crime itself (video and images) - Monitor events This training is designed to be as realistic as possible and will simulate, through actual scenarios, what an investigator is likely to encounter - no matter what section they work in. After successfully completing The Facebook Guide For Investigators the student should have a better understanding of: - Introduction to Facebook - Firefox and Facebook - A detailed look at the Facebook settings - Finding your subjects on Facebook - Facebook Graph Search - The "other" Facebook Graph search and RSS - How to save Facebook searches - Facebook, hashtags and Hootsuite - Facebook myths and legal stuff Evaluation Methodology: After each section there may be either a short quiz or scenario to reinforce the student's understanding of the concepts being taught. The final "exam" will be a realistic investigative scenario that the student may encounter and will require you to employ all of the modules covered in order to satisfactorily "solve" the file.

Additional Information

Credit Related Information:
This is an Industry Standard Credit.

The student should be comfortable using the Internet and social media. While this course will teach you about using Facebook as an investigative tool it is not for individuals new to social media. A good prerequisite would be the Internet Lite or Internet for Investigators Level I course.

What you will need for this course:
- A laptop or desktop running either the Windows or MAC operating system. These courses are designed for an "off the shelf PC" - the standard, issued piece of equipment found in all government offices. The best forensic tools run on either Windows or Linux operating systems. - Be able to have unrestricted access to the Internet - The Firefox or Chrome web browser but NOT Internet Explorer We will create a Facebook account during the course.

Students can register and begin the course at any time. Students work at their own pace meeting provided benchmarks. The student has 3 weeks to complete the course. However,depending on the skill set of the student this course can be completed in as little as one day or no more than one week.

Mark Fenton, Cyber Training

Course Cost:


Course Cost

25 hour(s)

Course Details
Start Date Location
On-going Off-Site and/or via Distance

Sorry, no day / time information available.

Please note: Students are only able to register for a course after they have completed any of the pre-requisites listed above.

Please note: If English is not your first language, you are required to meet Holland College’s English proficiency requirements prior to commencing studies. Recognized English proficiency tests can be found at the following link: Language Skills