SCAM ALERT

-SCAM ALERT-

It has come to our attention that scammers have been seeking payment under false pretenses as Stillinger Investigations.  South Carolina Private Investigators are licensed and regulated by SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division).  Stillinger Investigations WILL NEVER request payment of services unless a SLED approved contract has already been established between you ‘the client’ […]

Investigator Tips and Current Events

Photo Searching and Deleted Web Pages
As a private investigator, being able to search for people online is a vital skill.  This is a brief overview of how you can improve your own online sleuthing with 2 different resources.
Disclaimer: although the subject matter of this article is political in nature. This is no way an endorsement of […]

Damaged Digital Video Recorder DVR

Damaged  Digital Video Recorder DVR
One of the most rewarding cases that received by Stillinger Investigations involved a damaged

Digital Video Recorder (DVR) from a client with hopes of retrieving valuable surveillance video.

Our client’s nightmare began one morning when he had found that his personal workshop had

been burglarized. Several hundred dollars’ worth of motocross equipment and tools […]

Spyware and KeyLoggers: Legalities and Analyses

        According to the United States Code, title 18, chapter 119, using any means to intentionally intercept wire and electronic communications, such as by using spyware and keyloggers, is illegal.  However, this does not mean that spyware software and keylogging software, themselves, are illegal.  Such programs may be purchased, installed, and used by any person […]

What is the Difference Between a Full Format and a Quick Format?

          If you are considering hiring an digital forensics expert to assist you with securing and recovering digital evidence from a computer for use in litigation, but are concerned that someone may have taken steps to cover their tracks by means of hard drive formatting, then it may be important for you […]

Does Formatting a Hard Drive Completely Erase All Data?

Depending on the methods used to format your hard drive, your data may not actually be gone. If you have ever had experience formatting hard drives and other digital storage media, you might agree that performing a format with the default “quick format” option selected is more convenient than the alternative, which takes at least […]

How to use Surveillance to Prove Abuse or Neglect; and What to do Next

Undoubtedly, there are people you know and trust enough to allow them to babysit your children or care for a vulnerable adult in your home.  Sometimes that trust is based on personal knowledge, and other times it is based on the vetting process one presumes a professional agency utilizes to screen employees. Unfortunately, that trust is far too often misplaced, […]

The Importance of Digital Forensics

The field of digital forensics has become increasingly more important over the last few years as both the computer and the cellular market has grown. Digital forensics describes the process of going into a technological device such as a computer or a cellphone in order to monitor the activity on these items and determine if […]

Suspicious Minds: Infidelity and Adultery

Suspicions of infidelity or adultery can become a psychological nightmare. On the one hand you want to show that you implicitly trust your partner and you don’t want to accuse them of something if you don’t have incontrovertible proof. On the other, your suspicions may be eating you alive from the inside out – and […]

Why It is Best to Let a Professional Handle Your Investigations

You may feel that it is easier and more cost effective to do surveillance on your own. Or you may have a friend or family member who is willing to do this for you. We strongly recommend that you hire a professional. There are many pitfalls that come from trying to do a job you […]