If you have ever seen the show Catfish: The TV Show, then you are probably familiar with reverse image search. This tactic has uncovered many social media users posing as others or using a photo of someone else to hide their identity.
What is reverse image search?
Reverse image search is when an image is uploaded to the internet to see if any other websites have used the photo.
How do I reverse search an image?
Well, there are many ways. The easiest way to do this is to open Google Images and just drag a photo you have saved into the search bar. Then, all the places the image has previously appeared will show up.
What does it mean if there are results?
This is a great opportunity to see the origin of this image. Perhaps it leads to a news site that is trustworthy. Perhaps the pages containing the image you searched lead to even more unverified information.
What if there are no matches?
If there are no matches, then try another method to verify this information. If you are searching a person’s photo to see if they are not posing as someone else, then this could be an indication they are who they claim to be, however it is not always the case.