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SocialScan – Check Email Address and Username Availability in Kali Linux

  • Last Updated : 04 Oct, 2021
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OSINT is the process of gathering information about the person or the organization through open source means. We can collect lots of information only from a single username or email address. All the linked profile URLs can be collected by running an automated script. SocialScan is the tool that helps the tester to collect information about the individual from publicly available data. SocialScan tool is an automated script or tool developed in the python language. SocialScan tool finds the associated URLs list of the victim linked with popular platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, GitHub, etc. This collected information can be used to study the victim more closely and perform a Social Engineering attack. SocialScan tool is an open-source script and free-to-use.

Note: Make Sure You have Python Installed on your System, as this is a python-based tool. Click to check the Installation process: Python Installation Steps on Linux

Installation of SocialScan Tool on Kali Linux OS

Step 1: Check whether Python Environment is Established or not, use the following command.

python3

Step 2: Open up your Kali Linux terminal and move to Desktop using the following command.



cd Desktop

Step 3: You are on Desktop now create a new directory called SocialScan using the following command. In this directory, we will complete the installation of the SocialScan tool.

mkdir SocialScan 

Step 4: Now switch to the SocialScan directory using the following command.

cd SocialScan 

Step 5: Now you have to install the tool. You have to clone the tool from GitHub.

git clone https://github.com/iojw/socialscan.git

Step 6: The tool has been downloaded successfully in the SocialScan directory. Now list out the contents of the tool by using the below command.



ls

Step 7: You can observe that there is a new directory created of the SocialScan tool that has been generated while we were installing the tool. Now move to that directory using the below command:

cd socialscan 

Step 8: Once again to discover the contents of the tool, use the below command.

ls

Step 9: Run the setup.py file to complete the installation.

sudo python3 setup.py install

Step 10: Now we are done with our installation, Use the below command to view the help (gives a better understanding of the tool) index of the tool.

socialscan --help

Working with SocialScan Tool on Kali Linux OS

Example 1: Checking User



socialscan geeksforgeeks

1. In this example, We will be checking the availability of users on popular platforms. We are checking for the geeksforgeeks user.

2. In the below Screenshot, We have got the platforms list on which geeksforgeeks user has their identity.

Example 2: Checking Email Address

socialscan gauravgandal@gmail.com

1. In the below Screenshot, We are checking the email address available on the internet.

2. In the below Screenshot, We have got the list of platforms on which the specifies email address is active.

Example 3: Show program’s version number

socialscan --version

In this example, We are printing the version of the SocialScan tool. –version tag is used to print the version.

Example 4: Display profile URLs for usernames on supported platforms

socialscan geeksforgeeks --show-urls

1. In this example, We will be printing the associated URLs of users active on various popular platforms. –show-urls tag is used to print the URLs.

2. In the below Screenshot, We have got the URLs of geeksforgeeks User active in listed platforms.

3. In the below Screenshot, We have visited the Twitter profile of geeksforgeeks.

Example 5: Verbose

socialscan geeksforgeeks --show-urls -v

In this example, We are printing the results in a more detailed way. -v is the tag used for verbose mode.

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