Shannon breaks down some more of the Maltego interface with adding your own links and nodes, and how to do multiple selections and edits to your graph.

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Welcome to HakTip — the show where we breakdown concepts, tools and techniques for hackers, gurus and IT ninjas. I’m Shannon Morse and today we’re checking out more of Maltego’s Interface – how to add your own links and selection options.

Today we’re going to start with the bars at the top, beginning with the Investigate tab. This tab gives you a bunch of pretty clear options. First being pasting nodes that have been copied or cut, clearing, and you have options for cut, copy, and delete. When copying and pasting you get options like allowing Maltego to keep the original, and skip, or merge them. You can also copy nodes to a new graph by right clicking the node. You can also copy with neighbors. This means you can copy all parts of a graph that are neighboring the node you choose. These would be connected to the original node with arrows. You can also copy to a notepad with the right click option.

The next item in the investigate tab gives you the option to show only 12 results from transforms, or unlimited. The Quick Find will search your graph for a specific word or node. The Entity Selection button lets you choose to either use Maltego in link selection mode or entity selection mode. The other options allow you to select multiple nodes with similarities, like selecting parents, children, and neighbors. Zoom is self explainatory. You can also choose to add your own links between two nodes by left clicking on one and holding til you reach the target. You can then edit the properties of that new link.
You can also change the properties of a link with the little window at the bottom right corner. You can’t edit links generated by Maltego. And you can highlight only one path taken from one node to another via the investigate tab as well. Now, under the manage tab, you can choose to show your custom link labels or not.

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