Release Date: May 20, 2019

Here are the latest updates from our team to improve your Ontic experience.

Twitter Live Preview

What it is: This gives users the ability to create Twitter-specific signal columns within the Feed Beta Dashboard.

Why it matters: Now users can craft specific Twitter queries so that they can consume incoming Twitter signals in a quick, digestible form, saving them time.

How it works: From the Feed Beta Dashboard, users can add Twitter Live Preview columns. At the top of this column, users may specify which words/keywords they want to search by.

Signal-Level Actions Added to Feed Beta Dashboard

What it is: From the Feed Beta Dashboard, users may now take immediate actions on incoming signals.

Why it matters: This allows users to efficiently triage and take action on high priority signals.

How it works: When the user hovers their cursor over signals in their various feed columns, they have the option to take action on the signal in the following ways: add as entity, subscribe, hide signal, or add note. These actions work exactly as they do on the Signals Dashboard.

Filter By Date (Feed Beta Dashboard)

What it is: This enables users to filter signals across their Feed Beta Dashboard using specific time parameters.

Why it matters: The ability to filter incoming signals based on specific time parameters allows users to easily prioritize their work and filter out noise.  

How it works: From the Feed Beta Dashboard, users will see a button located near the top-right corner of their page labeled with the current date filter. By default it reads, “Lifetime”, displaying signals from the entire lifespan of the signals collection. The dropdown menu from this button allows the user to select any of the following time parameters: last 12 hours, last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, last 365 days, lifetime, or a custom range defined by the user.

Facial Recognition, Quick Access

What it is: A facial recognition search icon has been added up front in the global search bar.

Why it matters: This gives users quicker access to run facial recognition searches.

How it works: When the user clicks the facial recognition search icon, they immediately receive a dropdown menu where they can upload an image of their choice to conduct a facial recognition search against their database of entities.

Identity Intelligence - Advance Search

What it is: Now when users search email information via the Identity Intelligence Dashboard, they have the opportunity to simultaneously search a set of the entity’s potential usernames (with the click of a single button).

Why it matters: Usernames are one of the most useful pieces of data for investigators to leverage when they are on the hunt for additional information about their entities, and it would normally be cumbersome to individually search a wide set of potential usernames/emails of any entity. The Advance Search saves users time and helps them perform a critical task.

How it works: When the user who is searching an email address via the Identity Intelligence Dashboard checks the box, “Enable Advance Search”, the platform will automatically search the marked email addresses; plus it will search potential usernames of the entity. In this case, the platform assumes that email prefixes are all potential usernames of the entity (which is a best practice across OSINT research). Then results are returned based on the search of email addresses and potential usernames.

Additional Notes and Improvements

  • Identity Intelligence Search, Age Range Added: Users are now able to narrow their Identity Intelligence searches by their preferred age range.
  • Identity Intelligence Search, Enhanced with Facial Recognition: (Image) results from the Identity Intelligence Search are now enhanced by the platform’s facial recognition solutions. The image results from Identity Intelligence Searches are scanned and cross-referenced against entity images already present in the platform.
  • Entity Filters, DOB Added: The ability to filter entities by date of birth has been added to the Entity page under the “Include/Exclude” button.
  • Email Alerts for BOLO Reports: These email alerts have now been updated to include prominent details about the entity that the BOLO report is associated with.
  • Alert Types Expanded: Alert functionality has been expanded to include the following alert types: connection added, note added, @mention in notes, risk signal discovered, social profile added, public record updated, RFI updated, export completed, BOLO report export completed, user password reset completed, scheduled signal alert threshold reached, signal alert, entity created, password reset, and new user added.
  • Entity File Descriptions: Users now have the ability to add descriptions to the files associated with their entities.
  • Identity Intelligence Search, Highlights: When information is returned from an identity intelligence search, exact matches of information are highlighted in yellow so that they are easily identifiable.

We hope you enjoy these new improvements in Ontic! As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your Ontic Success Manager for further assistance in getting the most out of these Ontic updates.