Only works with Windows version of
It compiles a list of every site or
URL someone visits on the explorer.
Very hard to remove the files from
the system totally.
“The address, time of visit,
images, scripts, tracking cookies
and web page contents are saved
to your hard drive” (Inc., 1998)
In essence, it saves everything you
view on your computer. (Even if by
Stores everything which jeopardizes
your privacy and personal
Major issue with Index.dat is that
it stores one’s credit card
Worse yet, some people don’t
know this information is
floating around on their hard
drive and their computers might
go to sites that they are
This makes it easier for one’s
personal information to be stolen.
“Chrome” by Google and “Firefox” by
Modzilla as well as “Norton” have
better features to clear such
Aids in investigations
Files that may contain child
pornography or theorist activity
are saved into these files...
Leading to a quicker arrest with
more solid evidence.
Problems arise when it comes to
deleting the files. These are called
They gain access to the files and
your personal information before
Who is using it?
Can be used by many people...
FBI for investigations
Home Business Workers use them to
work offline from home, but still
at higher speed rates.
Murder of Caylee Anthony
A Myspace page had been created on
the day Caylee disappeared by
Zenaida, or so Casey Anthony says.
The last day that the page was
accessed was the day the grand
jury indicted Casey Anthony for
the murder of her daughter which
was the day she was sentenced to
prison for the final time.
However, upon further
investigations, the account was
found to be made by Casey Anthony.
Who was having notifications sent
to herself for the account.
Also extremely helpful when tracking
Man was arrested for searching for
child pornography on his company’s
system, investigators later traced
this back to him.
Makes it easier for people to work
offline at home.
Allows access of previous visited
Index.dat is hard to find because it
is a system file and is hidden.
Can be found in...
Cookie folder, history folder, as
well as daily and weekly.
Within these folders URL names, time
stamps and dates and pointers to the
actual cache or cookie files are
This is the information that allows
you to use “auto complete” and allows
you to highlight links that imbedded
into another page.
Once you decode the information, it
allows you to access every website,
file, document, picture that you have
Many removal tools.
You will have to reboot your system
and preform a clean-up.
Downside to these removal tools is
that they get all of your information
before deleting it. They also run
from 30 to 50 dollars.
Some tools only work with certain
Whether you delete index.dat or not,
you will create new index.dat every
time you use your computer!
Be careful when sharing your
personal information online, it is