I don't see myself as old fashioned. I really do love technology and use the latest and greatest techno gadget-gizmo spy gear or cellphone forensic tools on a daily basis. But there are some things that technology cannot replace and that's a set of experienced, unbiased human eyes on a situation to give you an honest, thorough answers.
Background investigations are such a situation that you cannot just trust to a $9.95 unlimited background search you found on Yahoo! We have conducted background investigations for people dating online, to verify a new business partner or employee in a corporate setting and to vet the nanny that seems too good to be true. Our results range from just plain scary (wanted felons, Nigerian scam artists) to impressive when we find the person is who they say they are.
There is no shortcut to conducting a thorough background. Although we do utilize online paid databases, we don't solely rely on them, you can't.