A background check is a safety measure applicable in many situations and relationships. However, there
are many ways to conduct them, and each method has its disadvantages. That said, we would run
through some ways of getting background checks, from the simplest (and least effective) to the most
There are other search engines around, but none have the reach of Google. A name search here should
bring up results and profiles from all over the web if they exist. The simplicity of such a check, though, is
obvious. Many times no results might turn up.
Using social media
Another method for conducting a background check by oneself. Many social media platforms are
around, and each can be used differently. For starters, not all are suitable for full name/real name
queries. However, the most important advantage of a social media check is it shows the online persona.
This can be an eye-opener in a world where people seem to have online personas that differ from their
Online background checks
A google search of background check platforms would dig up many ads and sites devoted to this. Most of
them might mistake the identities of people. Still, they could be useful in helping check out basic info.
These are arguably the most effective means of conducting background checks. All the above checks are
DIY methods that can be performed quickly, but this involves hiring a professional (individual or
company). Such a background check is expected to be costly yet comprehensive. The comprehensiveness
might be limited to the offline life of a person, but, generally speaking, this is the most effective way of
conducting a background check outside of requesting info from security authorities.
Why do you conduct a background check?
People conduct background checks for various reasons. You could carry out one before employing a
person, selling them firearms, or entering into business with them. Some people even carry out
background checks on potential spouses and partners. The reasons can be very personal. That said, the
reason can determine the depth of the check and the means of conducting the check. For instance, a
social media or google check is essentially online stalking. It is mostly used to check out friends and
partners, whereas private investigators are called in for more serious reasons.
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