More crimes are taking place digitally, advanced, and continuously enhancing methods for analyzing evidence will help mobile forensics to proliferate.
FREMONT, CA: Mobile devices have become an integral part of our daily lives. They are also playing an essential role in the investigations. The value of forensic examination lies in its ability to create what a user was or is doing in a digital device. Given how people use their digital devices, they inevitably leave electronic trails.
Securing mobile devices has been a major focus of device manufacturers over the past years and continues to be a priority as personal privacy is enhancing importance in the markets. As a result, methods for securing and encrypting data are different from device to device and also from one operating system to another. Acquiring data from an unlocked smartphone is a straightforward task. But accessing locked devices can prove to be challenging.
Manufacturers are developing password and encryption schemes to make it practically not possible for law enforcement agents to access the data. Encryption will ceaselessly strengthen and be the ruin of law enforcement investigations.
An Operating System (OS) is the software enabling the user to operate any mobile device. OS uses a system to store and recover data by the rules of the file system. It offers different ways for the users to use the hardware parts and essentially makes everything run. At some point, a forensic examiner can have to face a feature phone forensic investigation, especially where people related to terrorism, hacking, and secret agents are involved. To handle such phones, law enforcement members should need proper training to ensure the safe preservation of the extracted data.
Proper handling of mobile devices is essential to maintain the integrity of the data they contain. Mishandling the device can result in bad effects, comprising the worst case, destroying data on the handset. It is important to become familiar with the basic operation of the operating systems to not accidentally reset or wipe a device.