Google dorks are amazing and I’m sure you’ll love this hack. Once you start you can’t stop.
I refer to a lot of Google dorks throughout my book.
I have a background in Cybersecurity (I’m a Certified Ethical Hacker and CompTIA Security+ Certified) and this is one of those growth hacks that crosses over with hacking in the tech sense of the word.
So, what’s the hack?
When a criminal hacker tries to gain unauthorized access to data, the majority of their work will be reconnaissance related. In other words, the hacker will extensively research their target to find weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
One technique a hacker would deploy would be to research their target’s vulnerabilities, and very often they have unwillingly or accidentally left sensitive data on the Internet.
In summary, if we’re looking for “sensitive” data on the Internet using Google then clever search parameters will do the dirty work for us.
If you’ve never heard of a “Google Dork” then try this and you’ll be amazed:
exported email addresses
You’ll notice that the search results will pull up a bunch of random email lists on spreadsheets.
Now, of course, to spice up your search you should also include your niche-industry keywords.
Another Google dork I often use is searching for lists that someone else might have created.
Say I am working with a pet store client, I’ll just fire into Google a Dork like this: “influencer list pets” OR “influencer list pet store in New York filetype:xls” and sometimes you’ll pull up someone else’s work that may just help you out.
Try it and see!
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