As I move away from Windows due to privacy and security issues, I have been looking for new software for Investigative Internet Research (IIR). Taking Casefile from one OS to another has not created any problems.
I have been watching the development of Hunchly and have tried it on Windows, Mac, and the recent Linux release with success and it works well with Casefile. Browser-based tool Hunchly creates local copies of every page visited during a session, and organises them into a searchable database for future reference. Hunchly is a Google Chrome extension. I have some privacy and security concerns about using Chrome, but the IIR world isn’t a perfect place.
Hunchly permits the use of “selectors,” such as a name or phone number that save you from manually searching each page for the terms. In my opinion, this feature alone is worth the purchase price. The other useful features include:
- being able to add notes to what you find
- you can download notes as a Word document
- all collected data is stored, tracked and accessed on your local machine–no security or privacy concerns about cloud use
- you can export Hunchly data to a Casefile or Maltego graph.
Hunchly isn’t a replacement for Maltego, but it is a good tool for smaller IIR tasks that might later require the use of Maltego. The ability to export to Casefile or Maltego can help with further research and reporting the linkages within the collected data.