Today a quick post listing some essential OSINT utilities for the Google Chrome browser.
Browser extensions are something that every self-respecting OSINT investigator should use and be familiar with.
They can be hugely helpful in terms of ease of use and managing the flow of your investigation – not to mention a productivity improvement.
One important caveat: When engaging in sensitive investigations where user identity and digital footprint can adversely impact your operational security, it might be a good idea to use a default, clean installation of a browser, with no extensions on it.
Websites you visit can profile you by your user agent and detect the extensions your browser has installed – so just be aware of it before you add all of the 30 extensions listed below into your browser!
I have used all of these OSINT focused Chrome extensions and I can attest to the fact they are working well (at least at the time of writing) – some better than others, that’s why I included potential functional duplicates here.
OK, so here goes our list:
- Browser Video Downloader – video downloader from from Instagram, Vimeo and Facebook.
- BuiltWith Technology Profiler – for checking what a website is built with, what technologies are present.
- Contacts+ for Gmail – for profiling contacts added to an investigative Gmail account.
- Double Shot Search: Query side-by-side – allows searching in both Bing and Google at the same time by showing the results from both search engines side by side.
- Email extract – searches for and extracts email addresses on pages you visit.
- Exif Viewer Pro – for checking EXIF data of any image you view in Google Chrome.
- Fake news debunker by InVID & WeVerify – for fact-checking details and reverse image searching across several search engines.
- Fast Advanced Google Search – turns every regular Google search into an advanced one, with various search customisation options coming up instantly.
- Ghostery – Privacy Ad Blocker – for blocking ads, trackers and for generally faster browsing.
- Google Similar Pages – locates and displays web pages similar to the page you’re currently browsing.
- Google Translate – probably the best and the most popular machine learning translation engine.
- Hunter – Email Finder Extension – for email address and domain search. Requires an account on Hunter.
- Instant Data Scraper – extracts data from web pages and exports it as Excel or CSV files.
- IP Address and Domain Information – IP, ISP and domain info lookup tool.
- Keywords Everywhere – Keyword Tool – a freemium extension for finding semantically similar phrases and keywords of interest.
- Mitaka – for searching IPs, domains, URLs and hashes.
- Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder – for screenshots and screen capture.
- Privacy Badger – for enhanced privacy, including blocking invisible trackers.
- RevEye Reverse Image Search – reverse image searching with Google, Bing, Yandex, and TinEye.
- Save to Pocket – freemium extension for saving and tagging articles and posts that you intend to read later.
- Search by Image – another reverse search extension for images.
- Simplescraper — a fast and free web scraper – for automated scraping and saving websites as CSV or JSON files.
- Sputnik – another one for looking up IPs, domains, hashes, etc.
- Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely – FireShot – for full page screen capture.
- TinEye Reverse Image Search – official TinEye extension for Chrome. For reverse image searching.
- uBlock Origin – for ultimate privacy and opsec. One of my favourite extensions.
- Unpaywall – for accessing articles that are available elsewhere for free.
- User-Agent Switcher and Manager – for changing your user agents.
- Wayback Machine – for accessing archived websites.
- Wappalyzer – another extension for analysing what websites are built with.
* If you know a good OSINT extension that is not included on the list, drop it in the comments below! *