In some investigations it can be useful to automatically scroll across a page, for example when you want to load a lot of data. In other investigations, you may want to look up a user’s social media ID. Or you want to grab a Google Analytics ID from a website. Bookmarklets can come in handy for these kinds of simple tasks. In this blog you can read what bookmarklets are and how you can use bookmarklets in an OSINT investigation.
What are bookmarklets?
How can you create a bookmarklet?
To create your own bookmarklet, you have to go through several steps. These steps are described in detail below. We hope you enjoy creating your first bookmarklet!
Step 1: what kind of bookmarklet do you want to make?
To create a bookmarklet, you first need to think about the specific function that the bookmarklet should have. For example, if you have to examine many archive files of websites in an investigation, it can be useful to have a bookmarklet that automatically calls up website archives of the website you are viewing. If you rather want to scrape large amounts of data from a web page, it may be necessary to load this data first. A bookmarklet that loads the data would come in handy in that case.
Step 2: write the code (or “borrow” it)
Step 3: open the bookmarks toolbar
Step 4: create a new bookmark
In the bookmarks toolbar, click on your right mouse button (see arrow 1). In the menu that appears, choose the option “Add bookmark” (see arrow 2). Of course you can also structure your bookmarklets (and bookmarks). Read more about this in our previous blog about creating your own OSINT database using bookmarks.
Step 5: you’re ready to go!
That was it! You are now ready to use your first bookmarklet. Simply click on the bookmarklet you have created to run it. Have fun creating and using bookmarklets in your OSINT investigations!
Would you like to know more about using bookmarklets in an OSINT investigation? Then our OSINT training III (Expert) might be something for you. In this training we will discuss the topic of “Automating OSINT”. In other words, we will teach you how to automate your searches in various ways.