We are a people addicted to our phones. A recent survey found we now spend an average of five hours a day on our cell phones. That works out to roughly 76 days a year – or two and a half months. That statistic is frightening enough: it’s even scarier to think about all the information our phones contain. Nearly our whole lives are on our phone, from social media to email to appointment schedules.
With so much of our lives on our phones, it’s no wonder they’re playing an increasing role in trials and investigations. With the need for forensic cell phone data recovery on the rise, it is important to understand what goes into a forensic cellular investigation.
Not All Cell Phones are Created Equal
There are a number of variables in forensic cell phone data recovery. Not only are there differences between manufacturers, but each individual model can also vary widely from its predecessors. Every year, new cell phones are produced that boast new technologies, and cell phone forensic technology must keep up – while still maintaining the tools and skills necessary to work on older models.
A Cell Phone Can Be a Gold Mine of Evidence
Tracking a person’s location is perhaps the most well-known use of cell phone data. Even with location services turned off, your GPS history can reveal trips and destinations. But forensic cell phone data recovery goes much deeper than that: it searches texts, emails, call logs, address books, calendars, photos, internet search history, and app use.
Be Sure to Hire an Expert Forensic Investigator
When it comes to mobile device forensics, you don’t want to entrust data recovery to the local repair center. While they may be able to salvage information from your waterlogged smartphone, they don’t have the tools and training to conduct a proper forensic investigation. As with all ESI (electronically stored information), cell phone data must be obtained and preserved in keeping with federal rules and regulations. Failure to follow these procedures and protocols can render the evidence inadmissible in court.
Furthermore, if someone suspects a forensic cellular investigation is coming, they may attempt to destroy evidence. They can do this through physical tampering with the device (such as smashing it) or by “bombing” the phone with text messages and emails in an attempt to bury damning evidence under a tidal wave of new information. An experienced forensic examiner is well equipped to handle damaged devices and root out any potential evidence that remains.
Trust Precise for Forensic Cell Phone Data Recovery
When it comes to litigation, cell phone data can be the key to your case. A skilled forensic examiner will find all potentially relevant data and ensure proper collection methods are used. If you need data recovered from a cell phone, call Precise at 866-277-3247.