Cell phone forensics is becoming more and more important in investigations. The use of cell phones and computers are like a journal or diary of users’ lives. Just from cell phones, a mobile phone forensic analysis by International Investigators can reveal a great deal of data, including:
- Dialed, incoming and missed calls (history logs)
- Text messages
- Instant message activity
- Internet activity including search histories
- Software, programs and apps
- Video and audio recordings
- Electronic documents and attachments
- Phone setting information
- Phone location information (using GPS) and cell phone tower triangulation
And, even when the user believes data has been deleted, it can often be retrieved though a cell phone forensic examination. Wireless forensics using phone forensic software can provide factual data useful to people many situations.
- In criminal cases, forensic cell tower evidence and cell tower location can show that a defendant was not in the area of a crime.
- In child custody cases, cell phone tracking and cell phone monitoring can reveal that children are in unsafe or restricted situations.
- In divorce situations, cell phone forensics can reveal hidden accounts and assets in emails or other communications. Mobile device forensics can reveal unfaithful spouses and other covert activities.
- In relationships, we are asked to uncover facts in cellphone records to determine if a partner is faithful or to determine if they are carrying a cell phone spy. Cell phone spyware detection can sometimes even reveal who installed the spyware on the phone.
It may sound like cell phone analysis is a quick and easy procedure. It’s not one that should be undertaken by an amateur – especially if it uncovers evidence to be used in a court of law for any reason. Plus, someone who is not experienced in mobile phone forensics might inadvertently destroy evidence, contaminate files or even destroy pathways. Call a professional like International Investigators when you have any reason to employ cell phone forensics. Better to be safe and assured data will be collected and retrieved within guidelines and required protocols.
-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators