Make sure you know the people you are with
I’ve been using public records web sites for years to find people and to check out my dates. I like to make sure that they have no arrest warrants or criminal records that I don’t know about. I do it just to make sure that I’m going to stay safe with the people around me and to re-connect with old friends.
Warrants for arrest are issued by courts when the police suspect you of a crime and apply to the court for one. A bench warrant can also be issued by the court itself if you have failed to turn up or not paid a fine or something similar. Warrants and arrest records can be searched for using public records databases but you must bear in mind that simply being arrested doesn’t automatically mean that the person has done anything wrong. You can often find arrest records and warrants, if they have any, by doing a background check on them online.
Doing background checks when you are out
Smartphones like iPhone or Android powered devices are the in thing nowadays. Most of my friends have either one or the other. A few others have similar devices with different operating systems but they do appear to be in the minority. A smart phone is just that, a cell phone that is smart enough to surf the web and run small applications known as apps. It’s like taking your computer with you wherever you go. The iPhone was the first of this breed on the market but Android devices are quickly catching up and personally, I prefer Android to iPhone because I find it more versatile and it fits my needs better.
About a year ago I took the plunge and got myself an Android smartphone. I found that I could now use the same public records sites to check people out when I’m on the move. I didn’t have to wait until I got home any more, I could meet someone in a bar and check them out with my cell phone right there. It was amazing how much better I felt about meeting new people now that I didn’t have to wait to find out about them. I never even considered that there might be an even better way to do it.
More recently I’ve noticed that some of the web sites that I like to visit are different when I look at them on my phone. When I’m at home on my PC I see a conventional full size web site but when I look at the same site on my phone I get a different version which is much better suited to being viewed on a tiny browser screen. This got me thinking that there might be a better way for me to do background checks on people when I’m out.
Mobile web sites
What makes a mobile web site different to a conventional web site that you might see on your computer? The challenge for the mobile site designer is to provide pages that can be used easily and usefully on a device with a tiny screen and a less than perfect keyboard. On top of that the mobile pages have to cope with being controlled by your finger on the touch screen. Fingers are poor substitutes for your PC mouse.
So expect to see larger text, bigger buttons and easily navigated screens. All of which will help you to find the information you need and do your background checks quickly with the least amount of fuss. Using a good mobile optimized public records web site can be a breath of fresh air after struggling with huge web sites on your phone.
Mobile sites also tend to have less content in order to de-clutter the screens. Anything that isn’t strictly required for the task in hand is left off which can help a lot when using the site. But don’t think that you are losing out by this because there is usually a link at the bottom of the mobile pages for the web version of the site.