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Reverse image search is one of the most well-known and easiest digital investigative techniques, with two-click functionality of choosing “Search Google for image” in many web browsers. This method has also seen widespread use in popular culture, perhaps most notably in the MTV show Catfish, which exposes people in online relationships who use stolen photographs on their social media.

However, if you only use Google for reverse image searching, you will be disappointed more often than not. Limiting your search process to uploading a photograph in its original form to just images.google.com may give you useful results for the most obviously stolen or popular images, but for most any sophisticated research project, you need additional sites at your disposal — along with a lot of creativity.

This guide will walk through detailed strategies to use reverse image search in digital investigations, with an eye towards identifying people and locations, along with determining an image’s progeny. After detailing the core differences between the search engines, Yandex, Bing, and Google are tested on five test images showing different objects and from various regions of the world.

Beyond Google

The first and most important piece of advice on this topic cannot be stressed enough: Google reverse image search isn’t very good.

As of this guide’s publication date, the undisputed leader of reverse image search is the Russian site Yandex. After Yandex, the runners-up are Microsoft’s Bing and Google. A fourth service that could also be used in investigations is TinEye, but this site specializes in intellectual property violations and looks for exact duplicates of images.

Yandex

Yandex is by far the best reverse image search engine, with a scary-powerful ability to recognize faces, landscapes, and objects. This Russian site draws heavily upon user-generated content, such as tourist review sites (e.g. FourSquare and TripAdvisor) and social networks (e.g. dating sites), for remarkably accurate results with facial and landscape recognition queries.

Its strengths lie in photographs taken in a European or former-Soviet context. While photographs from North America, Africa, and other places may still return useful results on Yandex, you may find yourself frustrated by scrolling through results mostly from Russia, Ukraine, and eastern Europe rather than the country of your target images.

To use Yandex, go to images.yandex.com, then choose the camera icon on the right.

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From there, you can either upload a saved image or type in the URL of one hosted online.

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If you get stuck with the Russian user interface, look out for Выберите файл (Choose file), Введите адрес картинки (Enter image address), and Найти (Search). After searching, look out for Похожие картинки (Similar images), and Ещё похожие (More similar).

The facial recognition algorithms used by Yandex are shockingly good. Not only will Yandex look for photographs that look similar to the one that has a face in it, but it will also look for other photographs of the same person (determined through matching facial similarities) with completely different lighting, background colors, and positions. While Google and Bing may just look for other photographs showing a person with similar clothes and general facial features, Yandex will search for those matches, and also other photographs of a facial match. Below, you can see how the three services searched the face of Sergey Dubinsky, a Russian suspect in the downing of MH17. Yandex found numerous photographs of Dubinsky from various sources (only two of the top results had unrelated people), with the result differing from the original image but showing the same person. Google had no luck at all, while Bing had a single result (fifth image, second row) that also showed Dubinsky.

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Yandex is, obviously, a Russian service, and there are worries and suspicions of its ties (or potential future ties) to the Kremlin. While we at Bellingcat constantly use Yandex for its search capabilities, you may be a bit more paranoid than us. Use Yandex at your own risk, especially if you are also worried about using VK and other Russian services. If you aren’t particularly paranoid, try searching an un-indexed photograph of yourself or someone you know in Yandex, and see if it can find yourself or your doppelganger online.

Bing

Over the past few years, Bing has caught up to Google in its reverse image search capabilities, but is still limited. Bing’s “Visual Search”, found at images.bing.com, is very easy to use, and offers a few interesting features not found elsewhere.

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Within an image search, Bing allows you to crop a photograph (button below the source image) to focus on a specific element in said photograph, as seen below. The results with the cropped image will exclude the extraneous elements, focusing on the user-defined box. However, if the selected portion of the image is small, it is worth it to manually crop the photograph yourself and increase the resolution — low-resolution images (below 200×200) bring back poor results.

Below, a Google Street View image of a man walking a couple of pugs was cropped to focus on just the pooches, leading to Bing to suggest the breed of dog visible in the photograph (the “Looks like” feature), along with visually similar results. These results mostly included pairs of dogs being walked, matching the source image, but did not always only include pugs, as French bulldogs, English bulldogs, mastiffs, and others are mixed in.

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Google

By far the most popular reverse image search engine, at images.google.com, Google is fine for most rudimentary reverse image searches. Some of these relatively simple queries include identifying well-known people in photographs, finding the source of images that have been shared quite a bit online, determining the name and creator of a piece of art, and so on. However, if you want to locate images that are not close to an exact copy of the one you are researching, you may be disappointed.

For example, when searching for the face of a man who tried to attack a BBC journalist at a Trump rally, Google can find the source of the cropped image, but cannot find any additional images of him, or even someone who bears a passing resemblance to him.

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While Google was not very strong in finding other instances of this man’s face or similar-looking people, it still found the original, un-cropped version of the photograph the screenshot was taken from, showing some utility.

Five Test Cases

For testing out different reverse image search techniques and engines, a handful of images representing different types of investigations are used, including both original photographs (not previously uploaded online) and recycled ones. Due to the fact that these photographs are included in this guide, it is likely that these test cases will not work as intended in the future, as search engines will index these photographs and integrate them into their results. Thus, screenshots of the results as they appeared when this guide was being written are included.

These test photographs include a number of different geographic regions to test the strength of search engines for source material in western Europe, eastern Europe, South America, southeast Asia, and the United States. With each of these photographs, I have also highlighted discrete objects within the image to test out the strengths and weaknesses for each search engine.

Feel free to download these photographs (every image in this guide is hyperlinked directly to a JPEG file) and run them through search engines yourself to test out your skills.

Olisov Palace In Nizhny Novgord, Russia (Original, not previously uploaded online)

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Isolated: White SUV in Nizhny Novgorod

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Isolated: Trailer in Nizhny Novgorod

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Cityscape In Cebu, Philippines (Original, not previously uploaded online)

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Isolated: Condominium complex, “The Padgett Place

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Isolated: “Waterfront Hotel

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Students From Bloomberg 2020 Ad (Screenshot from video)

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Isolated: Student

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Av. do Café In São Paulo, Brazil (Screenshot Google Street View)

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Isolated: Toca do Açaí

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Isolated: Estacionamento (Parking)

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Amsterdam Canal (Original, not previously uploaded online)

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Isolated: Grey Heron

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Isolated: Dutch Flag (also rotated 90 degrees clockwise)

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Results

Each of these photographs were chosen in order to demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of the three search engines. While Yandex in particular may seem like it is working digital black magic at times, it is far from infallible and can struggle with some types of searches. For some ways to possibly overcome these limitations, I’ve detailed some creative search strategies at the end of this guide.

Novgorod’s Olisov Palace

Predictably, Yandex had no trouble identifying this Russian building. Along with photographs from a similar angle to our source photograph, Yandex also found images from other perspectives, including 90 degrees counter-clockwise (see the first two images in the third row) from the vantage point of the source image.

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Yandex also had no trouble identifying the white SUV in the foreground of the photograph as a Nissan Juke.

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Lastly, in the most challenging isolated search for this image, Yandex was unsuccessful in identifying the non-descript grey trailer in front of the building. A number of the results look like the one from the source image, but none are an actual match.

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Bing had no success in identifying this structure. Nearly all of its results were from the United States and western Europe, showing houses with white/grey masonry or siding and brown roofs.

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Likewise, Bing could not determine that the white SUV was a Nissan Juke, instead focusing on an array of other white SUVs and cars.

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Lastly, Bing failed in identifying the grey trailer, focusing more on RVs and larger, grey campers.

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Google‘s results for the full photograph are comically bad, looking to the House television show and images with very little visual similarity.

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Google successfully identified the white SUV as a Nissan Juke, even noting it in the text field search. As seen with Yandex, feeding the search engine an image from a similar perspective as popular reference materials — a side view of a car that resembles that of most advertisements — will best allow reverse image algorithms to work their magic.

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Lastly, Google recognized what the grey trailer was (travel trailer / camper), but its “visually similar images” were far from it.

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Scorecard: Yandex 2/3; Bing 0/3; Google 1/3

Cebu

Yandex was technically able to identify the cityscape as that of Cebu in the Philippines, but perhaps only by accident. The fourth result in the first row and the fourth result in the second row are of Cebu, but only the second photograph shows any of the same buildings as in the source image. Many of the results were also from southeast Asia (especially Thailand, which is a popular destination for Russian tourists), noting similar architectural styles, but none are from the same perspective as the source.

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Of the two buildings isolated from the search (the Padgett Palace and Waterfront Hotel), Yandex was able to identify the latter, but not the former. The Padgett Palace building is a relatively unremarkable high-rise building filled with condos, while the Waterfront Hotel also has a casino inside, leading to an array of tourist photographs showing its more distinct architecture.

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Bing did not have any results that were even in southeast Asia when searching for the Cebu cityscape, showing a severe geographic limitation to its indexed results.

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Like Yandex, Bing was unable to identify the building on the left part of the source image.

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Bing was unable to find the Waterfront Hotel, both when using Bing’s cropping function (bringing back only low-resolution photographs) and manually cropping and increasing the resolution of the building from the source image. It is worth noting that the results from these two versions of the image, which were identical outside of the resolution, brought back dramatically different results.

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As with Yandex, Google brought back a photograph of Cebu in its results, but without a strong resemblance to the source image. While Cebu was not in the thumbnails for the initial results, following through to “Visually similar images” will fetch an image of Cebu’s skyline as the eleventh result (third image in the second row below).

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As with Yandex and Bing, Google was unable to identify the high-rise condo building on the left part of the source image. Google also had no success with the Waterfront Hotel image.

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Scorecard: Yandex 4/6; Bing 0/6; Google 2/6

Bloomberg 2020 Student

Yandex found the source image from this Bloomberg campaign advertisement — a Getty Images stock photo. Along with this, Yandex also found versions of the photograph with filters applied (second result, first row) and additional photographs from the same stock photo series. Also, for some reason, porn, as seen in the blurred results below.

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When isolating just the face of the stock photo model, Yandex brought back a handful of other shots of the same guy (see last image in first row), plus images of the same stock photo set in the classroom (see the fourth image in the first row).

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Bing had an interesting search result: it found the exact match of the stock photograph, and then brought back “Similar images” of other men in blue shirts. The “Pages with this” tab of the result provides a handy list of duplicate versions of this same image across the web.

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Focusing on just the face of the stock photo model does not bring back any useful results, or provide the source image that it was taken from.

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Google recognizes that the image used by the Bloomberg campaign is a stock photo, bringing back an exact result. Google will also provide other stock photos of people in blue shirts in class.

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In isolating the student, Google will again return the source of the stock photo, but its visually similar images do not show the stock photo model, rather an array of other men with similar facial hair. We’ll count this as a half-win in finding the original image, but not showing any information on the specific model, as Yandex did.

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Scorecard: Yandex 6/8; Bing 1/8; Google 3.5/8

Brazilian Street View

Yandex could not figure out that this image was snapped in Brazil, instead focusing on urban landscapes in Russia.

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For the parking sign [Estacionamento], Yandex did not even come close.

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Bing did not know that this street view image was taken in Brazil.

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…nor did Bing recognize the parking sign

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…or the Toca do Açaí logo.

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Despite the fact that the image was directly taken from Google’s Street View, Google reverse image search did not recognize a photograph uploaded onto its own service.

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Just as Bing and Yandex, Google could not recognize the Portuguese parking sign.

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Lastly, Google did not come close to identifying the Toca do Açaí logo, instead focusing on various types of wooden panels, showing how it focused on the backdrop of the image rather than the logo and words.

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Scorecard: Yandex 7/11; Bing 1/11; Google 3.5/11

Amsterdam Canal

Yandex knew exactly where this photograph was taken in Amsterdam, finding other photographs taken in central Amsterdam, and even including ones with various types of birds in the frame.

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Yandex correctly identified bird in the foreground of the photograph as a grey heron (серая цапля), also bringing back an array of images of grey herons in a similar position and posture as the source image.

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However, Yandex flunked the test of identifying the Dutch flag hanging in the background of the photograph. When rotating the image 90 degrees clockwise to present the flag in its normal pattern, Yandex was able to figure out that it was a flag, but did not return any Dutch flags in its results.

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Bing only recognized that this image shows an urban landscape with water, with no results from Amsterdam.

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Though Bing struggled with identifying an urban landscape, it correctly identified the bird as a grey heron, including a specialized “Looks like” result going to a page describing the bird.

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However, like with Yandex, the Dutch flag was too confusing for Bing, both in its original and rotated forms.

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Google noted that there was a reflection in the canal of the image, but went no further than this, focusing on various paved paths in cities and nothing from Amsterdam.

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Google was close in the bird identification exercise, but just barely missed it — it is a grey, not great blue, heron.

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Google was also unable to identify the Dutch flag. Though Yandex seemed to recognize that the image is a flag, Google’s algorithm focused on the windowsill framing the image and misidentified the flag as curtains.

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Final Scorecard: Yandex 9/14; Bing 2/14; Google 3.5/14

Creative Searching

Even with the shortcomings described in this guide, there are a handful of methods to maximize your search process and game the search algorithms.

Specialized Sites

For one, you could use some other, more specialized search engines outside of the three detailed in this guide. The Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app, for example, is extremely accurate in identifying the type of birds in a photograph, or giving possible options. Additionally, though it isn’t an app and doesn’t let you reverse search a photograph, FlagID.org will let you manually enter information about a flag to figure out where it comes from. For example, with the Dutch flag that even Yandex struggled with, FlagID has no problem. After choosing a horizontal tricolor flag, we put in the colors visible in the image, then receive a series of options that include the Netherlands (along with other, similar-looking flags, such as the flag of Luxembourg).

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Language Recognition

If you are looking at a foreign language with an orthography you don’t recognize, try using some OCR or Google Translate to make your life easier. You can use Google Translate’s handwriting tool to detect the language* of a letter that you hand-write, or choose a language (if you know it already) and then write it out yourself for the word. Below, the name of a cafe (“Hedgehog in the Fog“) is written out with Google Translate’s handwriting tool, giving the typed-out version of the word (Ёжик) that can be searched.

*Be warned that Google Translate is not very good at recognizing letters if you do not already know the language, though if you scroll through enough results, you can find your handwritten letter eventually.

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Pixelation And Blurring

As detailed in a brief Twitter thread, you can pixelate or blur elements of a photograph in order to trick the search engine to focus squarely on the background. In this photograph of Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman, uploading the exact image will not bring back results showing where it was taken.

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However, if we blur out/pixelate the woman in the middle of the image, it will allow Yandex (and other search engines) to work their magic in matching up all of the other elements of the image: the chairs, paintings, chandelier, rug and wall patterns, and so on.

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After this pixelation is carried out, Yandex knows exactly where the image was taken: a popular hotel in Vienna.

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Conclusion

Reverse image search engines have progressed dramatically over the past decade, with no end in sight. Along with the ever-growing amount of indexed material, a number of search giants have enticed their users to sign up for image hosting services, such as Google Photos, giving these search algorithms an endless amount of material for machine learning. On top of this, facial recognition AI is entering the consumer space with products like FindClone and may already be used in some search algorithms, namely with Yandex. There are no publicly available facial recognition programs that use any Western social network, such as Facebook or Instagram, but perhaps it is only a matter of time until something like this emerges, dealing a major blow to online privacy while also (at that great cost) increasing digital research functionality.

If you skipped most of the article and are just looking for the bottom line, here are some easy-to-digest tips for reverse image searching:

  • Use Yandex first, second, and third, and then try Bing and Google if you still can’t find your desired result.
  • If you are working with source imagery that is not from a Western or former Soviet country, then you may not have much luck. These search engines are hyper-focused on these areas, and struggle for photographs taken in South America, Central America/Caribbean, Africa, and much of Asia.
  • Increase the resolution of your source image, even if it just means doubling or tripling the resolution until it’s a pixelated mess. None of these search engines can do much with an image that is under 200×200.
  • Try cropping out elements of the image, or pixelating them if it trips up your results. Most of these search engines will focus on people and their faces like a heat-seeking missile, so pixelate them to focus on the background elements.
  • If all else fails, get really creative: mirror your image horizontally, add some color filters, or use the clone tool on your image editor to fill in elements on your image that are disrupting searches.

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Google is now showing both videos and recipe data within the image search results. This is something Google was testing earlier this year and now seems to have deployed it on mobile search.

Aaron Bradley posted on Google+ that this seems to be derived from newly supported schema around your images. Specifically, you can now mark up your video and recipe content so it is accessible in image search.

The revised video schema page on Google added this line:

Your video rich results can also display in image search on mobile devices, providing users with useful information about your video.

Aaron documented how this shows in the search results, and we were able to replicate this ourselves:

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To see this yourself, go to Google on your mobile phone, do a search for the keywords shown above, and click to the image results. Then click on some of the images, and you should see the details listed above.

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Google UK recently shared a list of 52 Things to Do on a variety of Google properties (found via Phil Bradley). It’s a collection of tools and tips about using Google products and services for some everyday functions. If you’re a search power user, you probably know most of them already. But Google’s message seems to be, “Did you know you could do all this stuff on Google?”

It got us thinking about non-Google search tools that might have slipped notice altogether, or just fallen off your radar. With that in mind, here’s a list of seven search tools you may not know about … but should.

Read on to discover about how to see search suggestions from all major search engines on one page; a “cover flow” interface to see face images from Google Images; a new way to get recommendations about music, movies and more; new tools to search multiple search engines from one place; a tool for finding hot event tickets and as assist for hunting through Flickr’s many photos.

Soovle

Soovle offers a unique search interface that puts a variety of search sites on a single page. But what makes it unique is that, as you type in the search box, Soovle shows you the auto-completion phrases that each search site recommends. In addition to being original, that function could serve to help with a keyword research project. It looks like this:

Google is the default search site when you arrive, but you can use the right-arrow on your keyboard to quickly select a different site to perform your search. And there’s also a daily update on the top auto-complete terms. Each day, Soovle queries the search sites to find out what they show as the top results for each letter of the alphabet. Pretty cool stuff.

facesaerch

If you like the “cover flow” feature that Apple iTunes offers, you’ll like this new image search engine. facesaerch (yes, “a” before “e”) takes a Google image search, eliminates everything but faces, and gives the results a more modern interface. It looks like this:

It’s nothing groundbreaking overall, but one nice addition is a customizable widget that lets you embed a facesaerch widget on your blog or web page, complete with cool thumbnail scrolling and all. (For your Oprah Winfrey fan page, of course.)

TasteKid

TasteKid is more of a recommendation engine than a search engine. It covers movies, music, and books, offering suggestions for things you might like based on what you search for. The interface is gorgeous (albeit a bit dark/goth), and the recommendations are generally good. Search for U2, for example, and TasteKid suggests you try out INXS, R.E.M., Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, and several other artists — most of which fit what a typical U2 fan might enjoy.

There are question marks next to each recommendation. When you mouseover a question mark, TasteKid displays additional information from Wikipedia, YouTube, and Amazon about that artist (or book, movie, actor, etc.). It uses Google Gadgets to offer a widget that can be embedded into your web page or blog.

Fasteagle is a combination search tool and web directory rolled into one interface, with a little touch of feed reader built in, too. The home page gives you quick access to search a dozen different sites, from Google to Delicious to eBay to FriendFeed.

It would be nice to be able to customize those 12 options, or add more to the original 12 to make your own personal search portal. But I don’t see that option anywhere on fasteagle, which is still in beta. Meanwhile, clicking on the categories in the top menu (Tools, News, Business, etc.) leads to new sets of sub-categories in the left-side menu. Under the Tech category, for example, the left menu changes to show sub-categories such as Web World, Tech Vloggers, IT News, Computing, Apple, Google, Mobile Computing, and Web Marketing. That last sub-category includes sites like Search Engine Land, Marketing Pilgrim, Search Engine Watch, and several others. Click on any link, and the site shows up in the main fasteagle window, with the top and side menus still showing — making fasteagle almost like a feed reader that gives you quick access to hundreds of web sites in rapid succession.

FanSnap

Have you searched for event tickets lately? It's not fun, and it's not easy. FanSnap hopes to change that by providing a one-stop source for finding tickets to sporting events, theatre productions, and concerts.

FanSnap doesn’t sell tickets; it lets you find tickets being sold by brokers and others in the secondary ticket market. At the moment, I don’t see inventory from official ticket sellers such as Ticketmaster or TicketsWest. They get inventory from more than 50 ticket resellers, making it a much easier way to shop than visiting the individual web sites of that many ticket brokers. To borrow a comparison Om Malik recently made, it’s like Zillow for event tickets.

compfight

Strange name for a Flickr image search engine, but don’t let it keep you away. Compfight offers a handful of customizations that help you drill down into Flickr’s enormous pool of user-uploaded photos.

You can search the full text of a photo page (title, description, and tags), or if that’s producing too many matches, you can just search tags. You can search for photos that allow Creative Commons commercial usage. You can search for photos that are original to Flickr. You can also turn Flickr’s Safe Search on or off. And you can combine all these options in any search combination you want. And rather than Flickr’s clunky, default, 10-at-a-time search results, you get dozens of thumbnails with compfight.

Kedrix

There are plenty of meta-search engines out there, but only one that wants you to “mearch” instead of “search.” That one is Kedrix, which is trying to coin a new word based on the words “meta” and “search.” That doesn’t work for me, but the search engine does, thankfully.

The Kedrix premise is simple: It’s actually not a meta-search engine in the traditional sense. Rather than mash results from different search engines together (as Metacrawler, Dogpile, Mamma, and others do), Kedrix separates the results from the four main search engines on tabs. Google results are all under one tab, Yahoo under another, and so forth. In that sense, it’s more like a search engine comparison tool. And that makes it somewhat more valuable to SEOs (who like to compare results across different engines) than your standard meta-search engine.

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The reverse image search tool will help users to initiate search about any image from around the globe quickly, all you have to do is upload a photo from your desktop by clicking on the browse button, and it will show you results that include similar images.

These similar images include similar pictures, similar size, and similar dimensions.

Many professional photographers and journalists usually use search by image tool to find out original sources of a particular image that from where an image has been used. The tool will help you that when and where your picture is used and when it was actually published on the internet. The photos are the intellectual property of the photographers, so they need to know that which website is using their photos without crediting them or without asking prior permission from the original photographer.

The reverse image search tool is straightforward and useful for those people too who want to verify any social media account, they need to upload that profile picture in the tool and initiate a search for the originality of the photo. You will find all the relevant information available in popular search engines that include information and matching images.

How to find similar images online with reverse image search tool

The search by image tool is very simple and easy tool and is relatively effective. Through this technology, you are able to find out:

  • Similar photos
  • Web pages that include similar pictures or information
  • Other related photos that have similarity in size or dimensions.

This technology is very useful and relatively provides best results when it is used for personal purpose.

Standardized search through reverse image search

It is one of the best tools in the modern world that best describes any picture which you uploaded. If you wanted to get information about any picture whether it is about a person, an animal or any place then simply upload that picture, and you get adorable information about the facts of the picture. You also can easily verify the dignity of the photos whether it is original or not.

Now another point where you need reverse image search tool for assistance is where you have heard much about a celebrity or an animal, and you want to know more about him then upload that picture and see similar photos.

These similar photos include information about that particular image or other sources from where you can get more information.

How can you initiate a search with images for more information?

The reverse image search tool offered by SmallSEOTools.com is one of the best tools to find out results from most popular search engines in the modern era Google, Yahoo and Bing.

These search engines allow users to detect and search images through content-based technique. The demand for this kind of technology has been increased over the time because most of the people want that their pictures remain safe and secure, and nobody can use it without taking prior permission from the source or without crediting the Author.

As technology has improved itself, it has also become easier to search for all types of data. You are now able to search with content-based technology, the same way as you will search for something with keywords on search engine.

This tool will allow users to initiate a search in the quickest way, so you are able to know more about any picture.

Another question that bothers most people about reverse image search is how to find similar images online? By using CBIR technology, this technology literally means content-based image retrieval technology, and with the user-friendly environment, you are able to find out similar images or related information about any photo. These results are based on those databases that are available on their internet sources.

The reverse image search tool primarily works by making communication and connection with popular search engines. You are able to see all the related results that are available on the databases of some popular search engines, i.e. Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Just click on the results to see other related photos and related information about any particular object.

The search by image tool works with just a few simple steps what you need to do is to have a query picture for which you want to search similar images and upload. After you are done with uploading the image, wait for a few seconds to see results.

The results which are shown to you include similar photos with similar size or dimensions and also other related information. The reverse image search tool will provide you detailed information about any image without wasting your time and fetches data from online databases.

There are other ways to upload a picture that involves giving URL of the picture. The tool basically accepts JPG, JPEG, and PNG file extensions. Once are done with inserting a picture then the tool takes care of the rest. All you can do is simply click on the search image button and then just wait for the results.

Any user whether he is a professional photographer or whether he wants to ensure the privacy of his pictures can use this tool and benefit from it. The professional photographers can easily catch those persons who are using their images without crediting them or without taking prior permission.

Meanwhile, this tool is also helpful to check the dignity of the website, and even people can know the original source of the picture. It does not cost you and also does not waste your time by asking you to log in or register, just enter the URL of the website and use features of this tool to know anything through pictures.

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[This article is originally published in keengamer.com written by Dmytro Voloshyn - Uploaded by AIRS Member: Deborah Tannen]

We all strive to bring interesting and unique gaming content when it comes to gaming blogs and websites. Well, maybe not every one of us, but the majority certainly does. Sometimes, even unintentionally, you may copy the original content. Whether it is intentional or not, any plagiarism is still plagiarism. We've found the tool to help you deal with the issue.

Are you having plagiarism issues? Has your search index lowered due to plagiarism? There are two types of plagiarism.

  • Copied text 
  • Copied Image

There are several tools to check the plagiarism before posting online. Use the text plagiarism tool to make your text unique; any matched sentences can be removed. Don’t want your content to look as if it was copied from another gaming blog or website? Use the tool to check it. If you happen to have problems with images, you can use the reverse image tool to deal with the issues.


Best tool to check image plagiarism

The best tool to check image plagiarism It is the Duplicheker! You get the best reverse image checker. It provides information about the image comprising of objects, places, individuals, and others. This way, you don’t end up accidentally using an image that belongs to another gaming website, blog, or channel. You just have to upload the image or give the link of the image in the search box. The result will be on your screen in a matter of seconds. You can easily get the details of the image.

User-Friendly Tool

The tool is simple. The user just has to upload the image or enter the URL of the image, and the search engine will take care of the rest. This way, you get rid of the plagiarism in an easy-to-use and convenient way. You do not need any external help to use the tool.

Free Tool

The Reverse Image Search of DupliChecker is a free tool to search for images online. The tool doesn’t require keywords. By uploading images in the box, you will get the relevant result. It takes no time and provides image details, such as the camera and memory usage. You are just one click away from the result! The tool checks an unlimited number of images, and there are no time limitations.

Image Quality

In order to get a wide range of HD quality images, use Google search. The results are HD quality and high-resolution images. You can use them for your mobile devices as well. With the help of the Reverse Image tool, you can check the resolution and quality of images. The tool will inform you if images can be used on your all devices, be it a laptop, tablet, mobile, or PC device.

Fake social media accounts

The tool is a big helper and can be used for various scenarios. For example, you can find fake social media accounts with it. You can get the details about the social media account that is not genuine. If you are not sure about an account, you can easily check the account using the tool. Running the particular image search will instantly provide account details.



Image theft protection

The tool is also very handy for photographers. It helps to check plagiarism. If you are a professional, and someone is using your pictures, then the Reverse Image Search tool is the right option for you. By using the tool, you can easily check authorship. No one should use your photos illegally commercial purpose! The Image Search tool has access to the most recent data, guaranteeing trusted sources.

Google Image Search has been used before for this purpose, but the Reverse Image Search tool is quite similar in terms of efficiency and accuracy in results. The tool allows you to use pictures with its copyright infringement, utilizing custom counterfeiting identification programming.

Conclusion

The Reverse Image Search tool is intuitive, fluid, and easy-to-use. You will find it to be one of the best search engines! It has top-notch quality and is efficient and accurate.

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 Source: This article was Published techworm.net By Payel Dutta - Contributed by Member: Jasper Solander

Reverse image search is a technique wherein it allows people to retrieve content that is relevant to a particular image. It is also known as content-based image retrieval a method that eliminates the need for a user to identify keywords that may or may not provide an accurate result. The user only needs to supply the sample image to make a search or query.

We know that Google images can provide us with any photo, but we need to write the keyword or the terms associated with it to be able to proceed with the search. While using a reverse image search tool we will just provide a sample image. It is helpful in locating the source of an image or the content creator, search for the image in terms of popularity, extract details that are related to an image, look for similar images that have higher resolution, locate the web pages where the photo is displayed, and look for manipulated versions of the image.

If you are into social media and you want to find if a person’s account is legit, you can use a reverse image search tool for this purpose. You only have to supply the photo of the person, and it will show you the information that you need to check if the account is legit or not. Verifying account using a reverse image search tool can save you the trouble of being connected with an impostor or scammer. At present, many people are using fake accounts that is why you must be cautious and check the profile of the person first before adding them.

Photographers spend a great deal of money to buy their equipment and to attend workshops. They also exert a lot of time and effort in their craft to be able to produce quality and beautiful pictures that is why it is only right that they get the proper compensation for their work. They can use the reverse image search tool to discover if someone is using their pictures without their permission. By not giving credits to the owner, one can be accused of false ownership.

Whether it is for personal or public use, it should always be a practice to attribute the source of an image. To be able to get the information that you need, you can use a reverse image search from SmallSEOTools.com. This specific website offers many helpful tools that anybody can use online. One of the most popular tools from Small SEO Tools is the reverse image search because it is simple and easy to use. All you have to do is to upload an image or paste the URL where the image is located, and then it will give you the results in a flash. It will show you similar images and their sources.

Also, if you want to get any information about a particular image like a famous person, place or product you can run it through a reverse image search tool. It can help you save a lot of time looking for answers if you want to know more about the photo. You don’t have to go through an intensive research by typing different keywords to get the information that you need from the image.

There are many reverse image search tools on the internet today, but the one that I always use is from SmallSEOTools because it is user-friendly and gives me the results that I need in just a few seconds. Not to mention that this online reverse image search tool is readily available and can be used free of charge.

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Source: This article was Published lifewire.com By Jerri Collins - Contributed by Member: Barbara Larson

One of the most popular ways to use the web is to simply search for images. People love to search for images online, and there are many sites and search engines dedicated just to chasing down all sorts of images. We use them as part of a project, to decorate our websites, blogs, or social networking profiles, and for so much more. Here is a collection of just a few of the best sites for finding images online.

Image Search Engines

  • Google Image Search: Google's huge database will help you find pretty much any image on any topic that you can think of. It's easy to use, and indexes literally millions of images. Filters are also available here to narrow your search by size, color, resolution, and much more.  You can also use Google to search for an image by actually using that image in your search query; this is what is called a reverse image search. 
  • Picsearch: Find images, photos, animations; the "Most Popular Pictures" feature is especially useful.
  • Yahoo Image Search: Use Yahoo's Advanced Image Search to really narrow down your searches. You can filter by size, coloration, site/domain, and more.

Image Search Sites

  • Flickr is a great place to go to find a huge array of different photos. Make sure you check if the photo you want to use is available to use on other sites, as not all Flickr users give this kind of permission. If you're just looking for fantastic photo galleries from talented photographers worldwide, Flickr can also be a useful source to utilize. 
  • Fabfotos.com: High-quality photography collection; includes only sites with high-quality submissions.
  • Getty Images: Huge database of searchable images from various leading brands. You can narrow your search to include only royalty-free images. This site offers different levels of image access.
  • Hubble's Greatest Hits: Amazing pictures of space objects as collected by the Hubble telescope from 1990-1995.
  • University of Colorado Garst Photographic Collection: Amazing collection of over 20,000 images put together by the Garsts as they were filming for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom television series.
  • American Memory Collections: Photos and Prints: From the Library of Congress. Collections include Ansel Adams photography, Civil War, and Presidents and First Ladies.
  • The Smithsonian Institution Archive Collections: Search or browse through selected images from Smithsonian collections.
  • Classroom Clipart: A source for free downloadable clipart, searchable by topic.
  • Eastman Museum: Search through a wide variety of photo and image collections, including motion picture and technology collections.
  • The LIFE Picture Collection: Powered by Getty Images. A fascinating collection of photos and images included in both Time and Life magazines.
  • National Geographic Photography Collection: Includes photo galleries from this acclaimed magazine, gorgeous wallpapers, a photo of the day, and more.
  • NASA Image and Video Library: Search among thousands of NASA press release photos, videos and audio recording spanning American manned space programs from the Mercury program to the STS-79 Shuttle mission.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery: The New York Public Library's collection of free digital images. NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 337,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. 

Reverse Image Search

Ever wonder where an image you see on the Web actually came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions?

Google offers a very easy way to do a quick reverse image search. For example, you can use a general Google search query, locate an image, then simply drag and drop that image to the search bar to indicate you'd like to search using that actual image to find out where other instances of it might be on the web. If you have the direct URL of where the image resides, you can also search using that as a start. 

You can also use TinEye as a reverse image search engine to get more information on where that image originated from. Here's how it works:

  • Upload an image from your computer, or copy and paste an URL that has the image you're investigating.
  • TinEye comes back with a list of possible sources for that image.

TinEye has all sorts of interesting possibilities. For example:

  • See how the Mona Lisa has been used all over the globe

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Source: This article was Published lifehacker.com By David Murphy - Contributed by Member: Deborah Tannen

If you’ve stumbled across an image on the internet—perhaps on your favorite social media site—and you want to know more about it, you can always ask the person responsible for the post. Odds are good that they probably just cribbed the image from somewhere else, and don’t know any more about where it came from. But that’s fine. You can also take on the detective work yourself, and there are plenty of resources to help you out.

Find your image on Google or Tineye

Most people probably know that you can perform a simple reverse image search on sites like Tineye—two of the top places most people recommend if you’re trying to find the source of an image, a higher-quality version, or websites that can provide more context about the image itself. (On Google, that’s as easy as pulling up the site, clicking on the camera icon, and dropping in an URL or uploaded an image. Tineye works similarly.)

To make this process even easier, Google has baked this capability directly into chrome—just right-click on an image and select “Search Google for image”—or you can install a Firefox extension that does the same thing. Tineye users on Firefox also have extensions that do the same thing: Right-click on an image and you’ll be able to perform a Tineye search without having to first visit the website.

Use a lot of reverse-image sites at once

There’s also the nuke. Or, rather, ImgOps, which is an excellent website that combines a number of reverse-image search tools under one roof.

Drop in an image’s URL (or upload a picture), and you’ll be able to quickly do a reverse image search across a number of different services just by clicking on the provided hyperlinks (including Google, Bing, Tineye, Reddit, Yandex, and others). The site is also incredibly useful if you want to dump the image to a GIF host, edit it, search it for hidden data, or convert it to another file format entirely.

And if you want those kinds of powers baked directly into your browser, the extensions Noobox for Chrome and Search by Image” for Firefox allow you to right-click on a photo and pick a number of different reverse-image tools to search through.

See what an image’s EXIF data can tell you

If neither Google Reverse Image Search or TinEye are very helpful to you, you can always try dropping the image into an EXIF viewer, which could possibly tell you a bit more about how it was taken (or where, if you’re trying to look up how you can visit the location of a stunning photograph you saw). This might not work in most instances if the person responsible for the image, or the sites it's been shared on, have stripped the EXIF information from the photo, but it’s an option.

Bother others who might know more about an image than you

Similarly, online communities like the subreddit Help Me Find” might also be able to shed a little light on an image you stumbled across. It’s no guarantee—and I wouldn’t blast them with daily requests—but it’s another good option for learning more about a particular image. Happy hunting!

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Source: This article was Published techworm.net By Abhishek Kumar Jha - Contributed by Member: Jay Harris

The world has changed in recent times, and there has been the technological advancement that has made the life of people more comfortable, faster, and secure than it was before. People were not aware in the past that how useful this advanced technology can be for their personal as well as social lives.

Today, people are involved in socializing with the world on popular applications online such as Facebook, and many others. Many people are into blogging and content writing for the websites which need several measures to be fulfilled to attract the traffic on their sites.

For the help of these people, two best tools are developed by smallseotools.com: Reverse Image Search and Word Counter. Reverse image search is a CBIR (content-based image retrieval) technique that involves the particular image to be searched to retrieve the information regarding that image. Word counter is the tool that provides users with the information about the characters with and without spaces, number of words and much more.

Reverse Image Search

Reverse image search technology helps you to get to know about who else in the world is manipulating or using the image that belongs to you without seeking permission or copyrights. The image search ensures the compliance with copyright regulations.

The reverse image searching should be used by everyone who is into socializing or running any website. You can use reverse image search as a free online utility that helps you to figure out who is duplicating the picture that belongs to you.

It is quite impossible for you to identify the person who is misusing your picture on the internet because there are numerous websites present, and you can’t go through each of them for detecting who has duplicated your photo. To help you do this work faster and to provide you with knowledge about the misuse of your image or art, reverse image search tool takes few seconds and presents you with the results related to the picture.

Furthermore, people can use this tool to find a better resolution version of their desired images by searching with the lower resolution picture. This helps them posting a good quality picture that has better resolutions. This would make it possible for people to attract more people towards the pictures that they upload.

The reverse photo search can be used on any device whether it is MAC, Linux or OS. No specific operating device is compatible with reverse image search, and it can be consumed for free at any time around the globe.

Search with the picture is easy to use the tool, it does not require training or any tutorial videos to people for being able to use it. The search by a picture with this image search engine can be done in many ways. To search the reverse image search you can upload the file from your device’s gallery, you can drag the image and drop it in the drop box, or you can enter the URL of the image in the search box.

After that just by clicking on the search icon, you’ll be provided with the results (if any) on the screen. You’ll be able to see who else in this world is manipulating the content that belongs to you.

To help yourself in protecting your privacy, image reverse search by smallseotools.com is highly recommended as it is fully secured tool that does not saves the image that you search instead helps you to find out who else is misusing the image.

Word Count Checker

Word counter provides the user with the detailed statistics of syllables, sentences, the average length of words and phrases, keywords, estimated reading and speaking time, etc.

The word count tool is helpful for students who are most likely to be involved in writing tasks. Students are often assigned for the writing of work with the limit provided about the number of words. There is a bit of leeway given; however, if your word limit exceeds too much, then this would lead to a loss of marks.

It will be a waste of time and effort if you count the number of words yourself when this efficient tool is available. Teachers can make use of this tool for checking whether the students wrote in the given length or it exceeded to evaluate and mark them.

As a blogger or content writer, you may be needed to write for someone in a given limit. Here, the word count is the distinctive element that helps bloggers build their credibility. It can be a helpful tool if you own the site, if the text is within a specific length, then it would result in a higher rank for the website. The content writers have to maintain the keyword density; this tool can help them know about the top keyword used in the article.

To use the word counter, you need to enter the text in the space provided. You can also copy and paste the text in the box. The word calculator will show the results as you type. Moreover, there is an option to upload the file in the field provided, it will upload the data in the box, and you will be shown the results immediately. To clear the text for making other word count search, you can click on a button and the text box will be cleared.

The limitation of the file upload on SmallSEOTools word counter is 10 MB size for any file. However, there is no text limit about the number of words. The character count tool accepts variety of file formats like .docx, .txt, and .doc. The word count tool works on the text format most efficiently.

The word count tool is available for 100% free for all the users around the globe. Now people need not rely on the software like MS Word which first needs to be installed on the devices. You can use this tool for free

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Google is the most widely used search engine on the Web. They offer a variety of different vertical or highly targeted, searches, including News, Maps, and Images. In this article, we're going to look at how you can find images with Google using a variety of advanced search tactics to find the exact image you're really looking for. 

Basic Image Search

For most Web searchers, using Google Image Search is easy: just enter your query into the search box and click the Search Images button.

Simple!

However, more advanced searchers will find that they can also use any of Google's specific search operators within their search query. There are two ways that searchers can utilize Google Images' more advanced features: either by the convenient drop-down menus or by entering in an actual search operator (for example, using the filetype operator will bring back only certain types of images, i.e., .jpg or .gif).

Advanced Searching

If you really want to fine-tune your image searching, the best way to do it is to use the Google advanced search drop-down menus found on your Google Image search results page, or, click on the Advanced Search menu found under the Settings icon on the far right-hand corner. From both of these places you can tweak your image search in a number of ways:

  • Color: Search only for black and white, grayscale, or full-color images (you can pick what color you'd like to highlight, too).
  • Safe Search: Don't want explicit results? This is where you can specify that preference.
  • Domain: Find images only within a specific domain or website.
  • File types: Look for specific image file formats.
  • Size: Especially useful when you're looking for a specific size! Search for small, medium, or large images.
  • Keywords: Just like you can with Google's regular web search, you can filter your results by looking for all the words in a phrase, any of the words, even for images that are not related to the words.

The Advanced Image Search page really comes in handy if you're looking for images that of a particular file type; for example, say you are working on a project that requires images that are in a .JPG format only. It's also useful if you're looking for a larger/high-resolution image for printing, or a smaller resolution image that will work fine for using on the Web (note: always check copyright before using any of the images you find on Google. Commercial use of copyrighted images is prohibited and is considered bad manners on the Web).

Viewing Your Images

Once you click on the Search Images button, Google returns a tapestry of paginated results, displayed in a grid, organized by relevance to your original search term(s).

For each image displayed in your search results, Google also lists the size of the image, type of file, and the originating host's URL. When you click on an image, the original page is displayed via a URL in the middle of the page, along with the Google Images frame around the image thumbnail, the image's full display, and information about the image.

You can click on the image to view it larger than a thumbnail (this will take you to the originating site from which the image was originally found), or go directly to the site itself by clicking on the "Visit Page" link, or, if you just want to see the image without any context, click on the "View Original Image" link.

Some images found via Google Image Search will not be able to be viewed after clicking; this is because some website owners use special code and search engine instructions to keep non-authorized users from downloading images without permission.

Filtering Your Image Results

It's (nearly) inevitable: sometime in your Web search travels you're probably going to come across something offensive.

Thankfully, Google gives us many options for keeping searches safe. By default, a moderate SafeSearch content filter is activated when you use Google Images; this filtering blocks the display of potentially offensive images only, and not text.

You can toggle this SafeSearch filter in any search results page by clicking on the SafeSearch drop-down menu and clicking "Filter Explicit Results". Again, this does not filter text; it only filters offensive images that are considered to be explicit and/or not family-friendly.

Google Image Search: a useful tool

No matter how you use Google's Image Search, it's easy to use and returns accurate, relevant results. Filters - especially the ability to narrow down images by size, color, and file type - are especially useful.

Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Jerri Collins

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