Boolean Text Filtering in Console

Understand Boolean operators to enhance your data filtering and searching capabilities


Boolean text filtering is an essential feature in DigitalStakeout Scout for refining search results. This guide provides a basic understanding of using Boolean operators to enhance your data filtering and searching capabilities in the Scout Console.

Understanding Boolean Operators

Boolean operators form the core of Boolean text filtering, allowing for complex and targeted searches:

  1. AND: Returns results containing all the specified terms (e.g., 'cyber AND security').
  2. OR: Returns results containing any of the specified terms (e.g., 'cyber OR security').
  3. NOT: Excludes results containing the specified term (e.g., 'cyber NOT security').

Using Boolean Filters in Scout

Basic Usage

  • Combining Terms: Utilize AND, OR, and NOT to tailor your search queries. Example: 'cyber AND security NOT malware'.
  • Grouping Terms: Use parentheses to group terms and dictate their evaluation order. Example: '(cyber OR internet) AND security'.

Advanced Tips

  • Phrases: Search for exact phrases with quotes, e.g., "data breach".
  • Proximity Searches: (Not standard Boolean) Find terms within a specific proximity, e.g., "cyber security"~2.
  • Wildcard Searches: Use '' for multiple characters and '?' for single characters, e.g., 'netw'.

Best Practices

  • Start Simple: Begin with straightforward queries and gradually incorporate more operators.
  • Regular Review: Continuously review and adjust your queries to ensure relevance.
  • Avoid Over-Complexity: Strive for clarity and precision to avoid confusing search results.


Boolean text filtering is a powerful tool in DigitalStakeout Scout for conducting precise and effective searches. With practice, these techniques can significantly enhance your monitoring and analysis efforts in the Scout Console.