25 Jan Smartphones and Forensic IT – Making it Harder Than Ever to Hide
Our phones are so much more than a mere conversation device. Today’s smartphones are rich in complex functionality, everything from video and voice recording to photos, email, browsing the web, banking… if you can think of it, there’s probably an app for it.
Over the past few years smartphone evidence has been used in a growing number of legal cases across a greater spread of circumstances than ever before, and have become the backbone of many an HR or discipline-related scenario.
Deloitte’s annual Mobile Consumer Survey analyses the mobile phone habits of 4150 people in Britain. The most recent reveals an impressive 85% of 16-75 year olds now either own or can access a smartphone. That means around 56 million Brits carry a tiny yet incredibly powerful computer around with them day and night, and it also means mobiles are one of today’s most powerful forensic IT tools.
The benefits of Cell Site Analysis
While we do analyse mobile phones during our investigations, Cell Site Analysis itself is actually carried out by law enforcement agencies. It lets them identify the exact location of a mobile phone when a call is made or a text sent. The evidence is admissible in court, pinning down a person’s location. It works because every time someone uses their mobile, the event is recorded. When mobile phone providers hand over this kind of data, which they must by law, the police or other agency can map a phone’s location and also establish the locations where it has been used. If we come across a case requiring Cell Site Analysis, we can recommend reliable partner companies who carry it out. Cell Site Analysis is extremely useful for law enforcement agencies because it lets them establish that a suspect was in an area when a crime was committed. It’s reliable simply because mobile phones are meant to be mobile. Very few of us leave home without our phones, and most of us keep them with us at all times. They’re less of a gadget, more like a part of our own bodies.
Using mobile location evidence to identify criminals
Mobile location evidence is being used more frequently than ever to prove and disprove people’s alibis, reveal associations with known criminals, uncover conspiracy, confirm people’s movements and actually placing suspects at the crime scene. Better still, evidence from phones frequently contains vital evidence that can be forensically recovered, despite it having been deleted. What we look out for
Our expert mobile phone forensics analysts examine mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, text messages, emails, call records, voice recordings, photographs, social media accounts, videos and apps. We use the information we glean to produce Mobile Phone Forensics evidence in a clear and concise report you’ll find easy to understand and gain insight from. It can even be used in court.
What phone brands do our mobile phone forensics experts examine?
Mobile device forensics is a branch of digital forensics relating to recovery of digital evidence or data from a mobile device under forensically sound conditions. That’s what we do. It’s an important element of our comprehensive forensic IT service.
Whatever brand the phone, we can get inside it and get at the information you need. Everything from 3 Mobile Phones to Acers and Alcatels, iPhones and Google Phones, Huawei Phones and Samsungs. Whether it’s preserving the integrity of a crime scene, cell site mapping, carrying out a forensic analysis of a mobile phone or tablet or attending court as en expert witness, we have the knowledge and experience to bring a tricky matter to a welcome conclusion. If you need forensic expertise with untangling a nasty IT systems-related problem, we’ll be there for you.