Brief Topic Abstract: This presentation is for anyone interested in learning the true power of search. While the vast majority of people think of search engines as gateways to movie times, shopping deals, and a little fact-checking, the reality is that advanced search queries are being used via the most popular search engines every day to find unbelievable types of information. Search has proven time and again that even the most paranoid and cautious individuals can find themselves on the business end of identity theft, and they’d never know how it happened. If you don’t know how to use a search engine to find credit card scans, Social Security numbers, usernames and passwords, VPN credentials, back-up images, virtual machine installs, software licenses, confidential documents, private image/video dumps, or similarly fascinating/frightening data, then I’m offering you the chance to take the red pill and see just how deep the search engine rabbit hole really goes…
Stephen is a freelance writer and investigative researcher who is head-over-heels in love with search. Whether it’s tirelessly refining advanced search queries, unearthing awesome niche search engines, Internet marketing (SEO, social media, etc.), or just about anything Web-related, Stephen is passionate about it. Such passion allows him to touch on various facets of competitive research, Web security, search-related “fun and profit,” and much more. Currently, Stephen writes for CBS Interactive / ZDNet on topics related to search, security, hardware, software, gaming, and other tech-related subjects. He speaks at conferences regarding search engine hacking and is also in the process of writing a book regarding advanced search querying with Google. Connect with Stephen via his Web site, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook!