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2015


2015

Magnet IEF

Reviewed by Steve Robles

Internet Evidence Finder (referenced hereinafter as "IEF") is a computer and mobile forensics tool developed by Jad Saliba of Magnet Forensics, formerly JAD Software. I first began experimenting with this tool in 2011 when the company I was working for began looking for a more efficient solution to analyzing web artifacts, specifically Internet activity and chat communications. While I was initially impressed with the functionality of the software, I was not completely sold on the product because I was utilizing other tools that had similar features and capabilities. It wasn’t until early 2015 when I began using the full version of IEF, and my only regret was not pushing for the purchase sooner.   more ...

2015

Practical Mobile Forensics

Practical Mobile Forensics
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

Considering that there are separate books – indeed, whole genres – devoted to Android and iOS forensics specifically, writing a single tome that covers mobile forensics in a meaningful way is an ambitious task.

Not to be put off by the sheer amount of ground to cover, however, the authors of Practical Mobile Forensics have done just that. Satish Bommisetty, Rohit Tamma and Heather Mahalik have written a self-confessed “action-packed” guide to the mobile forensics world.

The book is aimed at forensic investigators who have only a very limited level of experience in mobile forensics. Like its sister book, Learning Android Forensics, it focuses primarily on open source and free solutions, which makes it all the more appropriate for those who are just starting out in a digital forensics career.   more ...

2015

Learning Android Forensics

Learning Android Forensics
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

Learning Android Forensics
was written by Rohit Tamma and Donnie Tindall, and aims to provide a thorough introduction to the forensic analysis of smartphones running the Android operating system, from the initial setup of a forensic workstation through to analysing some of the more important artefacts. With input from highly experienced reviewers in the digital forensics field, the book is an excellent resource for students and practitioners alike.

The idea for the book was born out of a desire to help practitioners to understand what goes on in the background when they press a 'Find Evidence' button on a forensics tool. To make this process easier, the authors have focused on free and open source tools throughout the book, which again makes it an accessible read.   more ...

2015

ReclaiMe Pro

ReclaiMe Pro
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier

I would be tempted to argue that you can tell a lot about a piece of software by how easy it is to install.

There are times when finding, downloading and installing a product update feels like repeatedly banging your head on a brick wall: constant freezing, confused Windows popups, license key errors...

Then there are times when you click 'Download', then 'Install', then tick 'Yes' in the little box, and boom! The software appears.

I am pleased to be able to report that the installation process of ReclaiMe Pro falls into the second category. It can be found on the Download page of the website, and it sets itself up in just a few minutes.

After that, of course, it's time to get down to business.   more ...

2015

AccessData FTK Advanced Live Online Training

FTK Advanced Live Online Training Manual
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

On the 11th-13th of August 2015, AccessData ran a live online training course to teach FTK users how to get the most out of the software solution. The course was aimed at people who had already used FTK and completed some basic training beforehand, and aimed to expand investigators’ knowledge of the tool.

The training itself was managed by Syntricate which, although technically a part of AccessData, was created to offer training and education for digital forensics professionals. Syntricate aims to be as platform-agnostic as possible during training courses and provides a range of training options with many of the well-known digital forensics companies.   more ...



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