Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyI am using Google Search engine almost all the time since 2006 and learned lots...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyAnswer is simple, either type google.com/history or history.google.com; you wil...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 3Do you want to know Flight timings?If you type flights, then it will d...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 5What if you don’t know the correct spelling or misspelled some words?D...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 7Do you want to know the time of a place?1. Type time only to see your ...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 8It’s movie time dude!Type movie at search box and it will display all ...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlymovie movie-name for place-name will display movie in that place in all theatre...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 9I want to use Google as a converter either its mass converter or volum...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 11Do you want an exact search result whatever you have typed?Then, type...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently    Ex: inurl:signup   allinurl    This will display all links/url which will ...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently   intitle    It will allow to search the text used in title of any webpage. E...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently    Compare the result with above option i.e. intitle   intext    It display a...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently   filetype    This will restrict Google to show only those links which will h...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently   related    It will list all the pages which are similar to the given websit...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently   cache    It will display the page that Google has already in its cache. It ...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyAll Gmail ids stored in excel sheet and contains IISc. keyword toointext:@gmail...
Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyHow it plays an important role for hacker/crackers/penetration testers?It can b...
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This article can be considered a white paper on How to use Google Search Engine efficiently with minimal effort.

We have tried to explain all basic terms and tips to use various hidden features of Google Search Engine with possible screenshots.

Author: Sanjeev Kumar Jaiswal from Alien Coders Team
http://www.aliencoders.com

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  1. 1. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyI am using Google Search engine almost all the time since 2006 and learned lots ofthings to manipulate Google search in much easier way. I know I am little late to sharethis and you will have lots of such posts over the internet. But, presentation andthoughts for the same things are always different for different authors. I would basicallyshow you the real power of Google Search engine and strong evidence to prove thatwhy I love and prefer Google Search Only :DMore than 80% internet users use Google Search engines followed by Bing then Yahooetc…Results Taken from statowl.com to show you how Google has captured the searchengine market share :DSearch Engine Total Avg Apr 12 May 12 Jun 12 Jul 12Google 81.80% 81.92% 83.21% 81.60% 80.64%Bing 8.37% 8.23% 7.78% 8.54% 8.84%Yahoo 6.86% 7.15% 6.32% 6.78% 7.18%Ask 1.50% 1.43% 1.43% 1.52% .59%AOL .47% 1.26% 1.25% 1.56% 1.75%Without wasting your time let’s dive into Google’s real power. I will demonstrate everypossible situation with a scenario and how to get benefit of that scenario using GoogleSearch Engine.Example 1You need to know what all things you searched using Google Search engine i.e.History of what you browsed till date. What you will do?http://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 1
  2. 2. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyAnswer is simple, either type google.com/history or history.google.com; you will be ableto see the search strings that you used to search using Google Search.Link for Google History:http://history.google.com (make sure you are logged in usingGoogle account)Example 2What you will do, if you would see a mail in different language? Or somebody sent youfew lines in chat that you didn’t understand and seem Latin & Greek to you? Orsomebody updated their Facebook status in different language and you wish to respondin the same language?Once again Google search is there to help you in doing so. Use Google’s inbuiltLanguage translator. Here is the link for Google translator: http://translate.google.com/http://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 2
  3. 3. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 3Do you want to know Flight timings?If you type flights, then it will display you all flights leaving from your location. It getsyour remote location using IP Address. Ex: flights or flightIf you want to know flight from one location to another type flights from location1 tolocation2Ex: flights form Hyderabad to KolkataExample 4Do you want to know my best online dictionary?Yes, it’s Google again. Just type define: wordEx: define: obfuscatedhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 3
  4. 4. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 5What if you don’t know the correct spelling or misspelled some words?Don’t worry now Google is damn smart to rectify it automatically and will display youresult for the correct one. If you didn’t mean what Google shows, still you have optionto search for whatever you typed.Example 6Is it rainy season or sunny at Dhanbad? Do you need to know weather forecastwhere you live or any place?1. Type weather only to show weather information where you live ex: weather2. Type weather for place-name or weather place-name for that particular place. Ex: weather Redmond or Weather for Dhanbadhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 4
  5. 5. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 7Do you want to know the time of a place?1. Type time only to see your local time ex: time2. Type time in place-name or simply time place-name ex: time in Redmondhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 5
  6. 6. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 8It’s movie time dude!Type movie at search box and it will display all movies in all theatres nearby yourplaces. Ex: moviemovie movie-name will display that movie list in all theatres Ex: movie taken 2http://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 6
  7. 7. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlymovie movie-name for place-name will display movie in that place in all theatres of thatmovie. Ex: movie resident evil retribution for Bangaloremovie for place-name to display all movies in that place in all theatres: movie for City ofBrusselshttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 7
  8. 8. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 9I want to use Google as a converter either its mass converter or volume or digitalstorage etc.Just type subject1 to subject2i.e. Celcius to farenhite orTon to kg or Byte to bitExample 10Did you see my online Calculator?Actually it’s yours also, in real it’s Google’s :P Just type calculator to see what I meant.http://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 8
  9. 9. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyExample 11Do you want an exact search result whatever you have typed?Then, type phrases in double quotation to do so. Ex: “I am a blogger”Now, before going ahead, we need to know few terms which will be used during GoggleSearch. These terms may not seem very useful to common users but it will be veryinformative and useful for tech savvy and Information Security Community (Bad andGood both). inurl It will display the pages which will have certain keyword in links i.e. urlhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 9
  10. 10. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently Ex: inurl:signup allinurl This will display all links/url which will have all given keywords in their urls. It will be useful when you need to search only those websites which will meet given criteria. Like show all links which will have any connection with vim related stuffs under Linux. ex: allinurl: linux vimhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 10
  11. 11. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently intitle It will allow to search the text used in title of any webpage. Ex: intitle:Linux If you use more than one word then, it will search the first word in title and other words anywhere either in title or contents. Ex:intitle: Linux vim grep and check the result. If you want to search all the terms in title only, you need to use other option i.e. allintitle  allintitle It will allow searching all listed words in title of any webpage. Suppose, you wish to see only those web pages which have CCNA, Questions and TCP keywords in their title. Ex: allintitle:CCNA Questions TCPhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 11
  12. 12. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently Compare the result with above option i.e. intitle intext It display all results which is being included in intext command and ignores to search for that keyword in links/urls or titles. So use it wisely. If you wish to see in link or title too use other options along with it  like intext:help intitle:perl inurl:hack allintext It will display only those pages which will contain all the mentioned words in that web page. Ex: allintext: map grep perlhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 12
  13. 13. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently filetype This will restrict Google to show only those links which will have those filetype in that urls/links Suppose you want to find out all doc files over internet or any links which will either have pdf or ppt and will have LTE keyword in title Ex: filetype:pdf OR filetype:ppt intitle:LTE site It shows the result for given phrase within given websites only. It is useful when you wish to search something in a particular website like perl in aliencoders.com. ex: site:aliencoders.com Perl or site:aliencoders.com intitle:perl to find all titles having perl in it under aliencoders.com websitehttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 13
  14. 14. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently related It will list all the pages which are similar to the given website. Sometime we know about one website and we are looking other useful websites similar to that, by that time it will be really helpful. Ex: related:naukri.comhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 14
  15. 15. Tips – How to use Google Search efficiently cache It will display the page that Google has already in its cache. It can be updated one or outdated one. It will be useful when you want to see something from old site which may not exist now or have deleted that content. cache:url-name keyword(optional) There should not be any gap between cache: and url. If keyword is provided, then it will highlight those words while displaying the page. Ex: cache:aliencoders.comExample 12Need to search particular file type like doc or pdf or torrent or sql or cfg or php?What to search filetype:extensionEx: iron man 2 filetype:torrentExample 13Want to search within a particular site of some known file type which somephrase in it?Suppose I want to check all doc files under in domain or gov domain which hasconfidential word anywhere as title or link or text etc.Type site: site-name or tld filtype:file-extension keywordEx: filetype:doc site:in confidential or check another example of filetype mentionedaboveExample 14Want to search related pages similar to this siteTry using related:url-name to locate similar websites. There should not be any spacebetween relate: and site nameEx: related:facebook.com or related:indiblogger.inExample 15Want to ignore something from your search?Use - ex: highlight important words using double quotes and ignore words using - infront of that wordi.e. fish “curry” mustard-onionExample 16Need to know email id?http://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 15
  16. 16. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyAll Gmail ids stored in excel sheet and contains IISc. keyword toointext:@gmail.com filetype:xls IIScAll IISc official idsintext:@iisc.ernet.in filetype:xls IIScOfficial email id of specific person stored in either doc or pdf or xls formatintext:@iisc.ernet.in filetype:xls OR filetype:doc OR filetype:pdf "Anil Kumar Sharma"orintext:@iisc.ernet.in filetype:xls OR filetype:doc OR filetype:pdf "AnubhavSinha"Example 17Want to find key/patches of software?Try typing crack:software-name versionEx: crack:Camtasia Studio v8.0.2.918Example 18We need to list all urls which has indexing enabled and contain perl related stuffsin chm or pdf format.Using “Index of ” syntax to find sites enabled with Index browsingEx: index of /ebooks intext:pdf OR intext:chm perlhttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 16
  17. 17. Tips – How to use Google Search efficientlyHow it plays an important role for hacker/crackers/penetration testers?It can be used to gather the basic information required for further process of hacking orpenetration testing of any websites. According to my experience, this would be the partof social engineering.They will not do anything. They will just combine one or more such techniques shownabove to get desired result. Like password file, configuration file, database details,server details etc.Some more tips:  Google search is not case-sensitive, so don’t bother about case stuffs  Use lesser words to get accurate and more results  Use web friendly word like headache instead of my head is paining  Punctuation marks never matter for Google search. (bad news for grammar pedantic :P )Source (I got some help from here too!)http://www.google.com/insidesearch/tipstricks/all.htmlAuthor: Sanjeev Kumar Jaiswal (Jassi)Email id: admin@aliencoders.com (feel free to mail or comment on this article)Website: http://www.aliencoders.comFacebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aliencodersTwitter : http://www.twitter.com/aliencodershttp://www.aliencoders.com (Alien Coders) Page 17

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