Studies find that people reuse login credentials a lot, with 64 percent of folks using the same password on most or all websites, so your chances are pretty good of pulling up something with just a search engine and a little bit of patience.People reuse a lot of profile pics too, especially if it's something like a professional headshot.

So you've found your information lynchpin on someone -- things like their name and location.

How do you take that information and use it to start connecting the dots between all their information scattered across the web? Connectifier describes itself as “a social aggregator which can deliver data such as direct contact information on individual candidates from across the Internet by tracing their digital footprints.”What this means is that you can look up and find out, in one text box, where someone works, where they went to school, what websites they're associated with, and some available emails and phone numbers. When I plugged my own name in, it pulled up all my social media, magazines where I'd been published, and four old blogs I started writing for a hot minute then gave up on.

Given the fact that 30 percent of people lie about their music tastes to attract a partner, this sounds more than a little like the dating scene.

So I've put together some next-level tools and techniques from the world of cybersecurity to help bring your date-vetting game to the next level. While the information you are gathering here is all technically public information, this is the technical equivalent of lurking behind someone in the mall watching them as they shop and breathing heavy -- it's not illegal, but it's pretty creepy. On dating sites, I've run into people with fake pics or fake locations, bots, people trying to trick me into buying drugs, people trying to scam my personal and financial information, and, once, someone who tricked me into going to a Scientology meeting.

It's pretty easy to find someone when you know their name.

But what do you do when you're faced with a message on a dating site and all you've got is their screenname, maybe a few pictures, and whatever telling details are in their profile?This can be a little tricky in that you have to search in the state where the crime was committed, and their search engines can be a little finicky about names.But when you get a hit, you can find out everything from charges to if they're out on bail.Since I've spent the last 10 years living like I'm dodging a mob hit, it only pulled up a couple addresses from a decade ago.But when I search my mom, it pulls up her current address, her phone number, and a map to her house.There are a lot of programs out there to help you track someone down and research them, but there aren't that many that help you with what happens when you actually have to make contact.