How to Background Check Online Dates for Free

Before I show you some tips and tricks to finding more information about somebody online, you are accepting by reading this article that you will only use these tricks for good ethical reasons.  Nobody should ever use these tricks to stalk, harass or invade people’s privacy.  These tips are also not foolproof but odds are more likely than not that they can work for you.

Whether it’s, eHarmony, okCupid, JDate, Christian Mingle, Plenty of Fish or any newer or older sites there comes a time when you want to know more about the “Real Person” behind their online profile.  With sites like okCupid or Match that allow you to put fake names, things get a little harder because you first have to find out their first name, however as long as you aren’t in a giant city all that you may need is…

  • First Name
  • Age
  • City

You then take this information and type the following into Google. intitle:jason intitle:"buffalo, NY" 35

Depending on how common the name is, you may or may not get a lot different names.  We don’t care about the actual pages on  We only care about the first/last name combination. 

At this point you have a few or several last names to work with.  You then will want to type each one into Facebook or into Google Images and see if a photo pops up of the same person in the profile.  Doing a Google Image Search for “Jason Geiger Buffalo, NY” pops up with my Google Plus Photo seen here.


You can now search Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and the internet in general looking for unlocked profiles.  My favorite is to see if a potential date has mutual Facebook or Google+ friends and check their references.


Searching with only a Photo

Now let’s say that all that the above method did not work.  Well there’s a small chance that if all you have is a photo of a person, Google can still help you out by doing an image search.  Here’s the steps.

  1. If you don’t have Google Chrome, get it.
  2. Launch Chrome and get the Image Search Plugin.
  3. Right click a photo from the person’s profile and click “Search Google with this image”.
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With any luck you will be able to find information about the person and their acquaintances (and public criminal record) with this method.

No value exists with that name

As we roll out Windows 7 at work we have an application that initializes new computers.  It is installed and runs every time at startup until it runs successfully.  Then it deletes itself from the registry at (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run).

It worked fine on our old Windows XP machines but failed but would never delete the key on our Windows 7 installs.  Every time I ran I would get an error stating “No value exists with that name”.  Searching the internet for that term came back with next to nothing.

I was racking my brain just assuming that it must be User Access Control (UAC) interfering with me.  While that might be the case for many programs, the real issue was that the program was running in x86 mode.

Platform Target

Change the “Platform target” to “Any CPU” and the key then deleted fine.

How To Typing

How To Typing

Ever since I launched Keyboard Bumps I have had a need to explain to some people how to type or how to type better.  So I have launched How to Typing!

How To Typing is a How-to site devoted to typing.  It has no ads and gives tips and overview on how to get better at typing.  How to Typing will go over beginner typing, advanced typing and even typing on tablets and smartphones.

Screen typing is going to be a huge part of the world going forward as people switch from expensive laptops and desktops to less expensive tablets.  Typing on virtual screens is the future.

Check out How to Typing and I bet you will get a typing tip that will let you focus more on typing with less mistakes.

Typing isn’t going away any time soon.  So catch up on typing lessons that you may have forgotten.

Random Typing Facts

  • While typing, your left hand  56% of all the work.
  • The longest words you can type with just one hand in the proper position are “stewardesses” and “reverberated”.  These are typed with the left hand and are both 12 characters.
  • The longest words you can type with the right hand are “lollipop” and “monopoly”.
  • Ironically the only 10 letter word you can type using the top row is the word “typewriter”.
  • The world’s fastest typer can type more than 200 words per minute.
  • “Touch Typing” is recommended for people with no hand problems.   For disabled people, other typing methods include “Hunt and Peck”, “Buffering” and “Thumbing”.