Have you ever heard of a search engine for images? No, this isn’t like Google Images where you type in words and find pictures, it’s a search engine that lets you search for images, using images you upload or link to. There’s quite a few image based search engines around, but for this article, we’ll choose the one which I think is the best (it’s free and effective). Reverse image searching is also known as Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR), and is one of the methods we listed in the how to catch a cheating spouse main article, and is also useful for child protection when you want to do a background check on some of your kids friends.
How Does Reverse Image Tracking Work?
Simply put, image based search engines work just like a regular search engine, but you search for images using other images instead of words. Whenever you upload or direct link a picture to the CBIR, they search their database for pictures that either look exactly like your picture, or those that are closely related. This is a rather new type of search engine, and unlike Google (the word based google), it has not enough resources yet to scan the whole web, but they do cover most of the popular sites like Facebook, Myspace, and any other social networking/dating site you could think of. Jump down to the example below for the reverse image tracker.
Catching A Cheating Spouse With Reverse Image Tracking
Acquiring The Pictures And What To Look For :
Pictures of your spouse on any social networks - You’ll want to see if your spouse has any other secret social networking profiles, so you’ll want to scan their profiles pics. If you’re lucky, you may get a matching picture from another social network you don’t know about. Most spouses who cheat online start off using social networking sites and chat rooms, so this is a good place to run reverse image tracking.
Pictures of people you suspect are having an affair with your spouse – To see other places they have pictures on. It’s not uncommon for cheaters to have more than one site they posts pics to, and they usually keep facebook pages “clean” because it’s more visible. You might see pictures of them with your spouse if you’re (un)lucky.
Pictures of spouse’s workmates - Some companies have company websites with pictures and bios of their employees, good place to scan for possible relationships that are being kept secret from you; search their pics and check if they have any social sites attached to that picture.
Example of How To Track Spouse’s Pictures
As an example, lets pretend Audrey Hepburn is your spouse. We’ll track a picture of Audrey Hepburn and find out where else this beautiful actress’ picture is located on the web.
Step 1 : Download / Collect all pictures you want to track
Profile pictures work best because can possibly lead you to other sites that they own, and you don’t know about; or forum/blog posts that talk about them.
Step 2 : Upload or Link an already hosted picture
When directly linking a picture, you need to right click the image and select “View Image” or something similar, depending on your browser. The URL you need to be linking should be on that points directly to the image, nothing else but the image.
For this example, our link is “http://relationshipyard.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/audrey-hepburn-example.jpg”.
Step 3 : List down links and investigate
Check out where your spouse’s pictures are posted at and who owns those websites. You can further investigate using reverse phone lookups if you find any telephone/cellphone numbers (this is only for those based in the US). The only way this won’t work is if pictures are set to private.
For better results, make sure “Best Match” is checked so you filter out the edited/similar pictures like this :
Additional Information :
Speed up the process by installing the following :
Firefox internet browser (free)
TinEye Firefox Plugin (free)
Now all you have to do when you want to search an image using reverse image tracking is to right click and select “Search Image On TinEye”. To remove tineye plugin from firefox, or to configure it, go to Tools -> Add-Ons -> TinEye and either select “uninstall” or “options” to configure.