We love Google. Who doesn’t? Its wonderful search algorithm has made searching for things on the internet fast, efficient, and easy. This has made many of us think that we can find anything on Google. For example, we might think that we can run an adequate background search simply by using identifying information to Google someone. However, that would be mistaken.
A Google Search is not the same as running a background search. In fact, what makes Google a great comprehensive search engine can actually work against running a background check on Google. And increasingly, Google searches can be the subject of censorship.
To understand why running a Google search is not the same thing as running a background check, it is important to understand what Google can search.
Google does not search all publicly available information. Instead, it searches information from websites that are accessible by the public without restriction. Therefore, if the information could be accessed without a password or a fee, then it might be returned on a Google search. However, if the information is only available for a fee, then it is generally not going to be on the type of page that Google can search.
Second, Google returns searches by relevance, but does not exclude irrelevant information. Therefore, running a search for someone with their identifying information may return searches for people who share the same name, people who share the same birthday, or other identifying factors. This can make it difficult to determine if the person identified in the search is really the one that you’re trying to find.
So, what makes a BeenVerified search different from a Google search?
First, BeenVerified is going to consolidate records about a single person into a unified report. This helps eliminate the overlap that can occur when looking for a person that shares a name with others or even people who share both name and date of birth with others. Although that scenario might initially seem unlikely, when you consider how many people share some of the most common names, it becomes clear that it is not only possible, but actually likely for that to occur. By consolidating reports by person, BeenVerified can help eliminate this source of confusion.
Furthermore, BeenVerified has access to databases that otherwise require payment. What this means is that, for the price of a single BeenVerified search, you get access to information that might otherwise cost multiple fees and require multiple specific searches.
This type of information may include civil court documents or government records, such as marriage licenses, divorce records, and child support agreements. However, it can also include criminal record information that is not generally going to appear on a generic Google search. What this means is that, while Google can be a great way to start an internet investigation of someone, BeenVerified provides the type of in-depth information many people are seeking when running a background search.