What is Vortimo?

Vortimo is software that organizes information on webpages that you’ve visited. It records pages you go to, extracts data from it and enrich the data that was extracted. It augments the pages in your browser by allowing you to tag objects as well as decorating objects it deems important. It then arranges the data in an UI. Vortimo support switching between cases/projects seamlessly. You can also generate PDF reports based on the aggregated information and meta information.

Who should use Vortimo?

Vortimo can be used by anyone that uses a browser to research a topic. This includes investigators that are profiling individuals or companies, intelligence analysts using open source intelligence (OSINT), IT security personnel or even academics doing domain specific research. Vortimo collects and organises information that came from your browser – so it does not matter if you’re browsing the web, using social networks or visiting your company’s intranet.

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It records

Vortimo allows you to decide which sites it shouldn’t record (like you Gmail) – the rest are always recorded. The recorder can be turned off or paused at any stage – or you can manually record pages. The pages you’ve visited can be searched for text and any page can be ‘replayed’ in your browser on demand.

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It extracts data

Several objects are extracted from web pages you’ve visited. Right now this includes objects such as email addresses, aliases, telephone numbers, person names, hash tags etc. but this will be expanded in future. You can search the values that was extracted and sort it in various configurations – e.g. by relevance, alphabetically. You can also create custom object types (later).

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It augments

The extension allows you to mark objects and other elements in real time - on the webpage that you're on. It also shows you items you've marked in the past as well as underlining objects that have been seen on multiple domains. When hovering over these highlighted objects the source and related objects are displayed in a "heads-up display".

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It enriches data

The objects extracted from the previous step can now be enriched by links or widgets. Links are just that – links to popular sites where you can find more information on the extracted object. You never again need to remember all the useful sites. Eventually we'll allow you to add your own links or widgets.

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It generates reports

Any piece of information that Vortimo has seen – be that an object, a snippet of webpage, the results of widget or an image can be tagged. You can create a report on any tag that you've created. You can add your own notes to the report too. Report cards can be compiled into a PDF.

Everything is local

Vortimo does not send your data to an external server. All processing is done on your local machine. You may choose to send your data for enrichment to external providers or sites via links you click on or via widgets - but the process is very transparent you are always in full control of what leaves your local machine.

Technology

Vortimo consists of two parts – a Chrome browser extension and a server with database and user interface running on the local machine.

Vortimo runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Contact

Let us know what you think about our software.
Mail us at beta@vortimo.com or DM @vortimotech on Twitter.

Alternatively you can send a postcard to Vortimo (Pty) Ltd, 101 Herbert Baker Street, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0181, South Africa.