Digital Witnesses: Understanding Mobile Forensics

Digital Witnesses: Understanding Mobile Forensics

Edward Snowden was right; your cell phone spies on you. As you go about your day, your smartphone collects all the data needed to recreate your activity. Took a photo? Recorded a video? Your smartphone records when, where, and how. Made or received a call, text messages? It’s all been logged. Using your phone to browse the internet? All your searches and the websites you visited are recorded. Do you browse incognito? It doesn’t matter; it’s still recorded. Wi-Fi connectivity to access points can pinpoint your current whereabouts and all the places you visited.

If all that has you sweating, you may be thinking of deleting the evidence, and no one would blame you. Except, deleting doesn’t mean destroying the evidence. You can’t get rid of cyber tracks so easily, which is precisely why digital evidence is so powerful.

With all that in mind, we’ve put together this piece to help you understand why your smartphone is basically a witness. Take a look.

Mobile Forensics: What You Need to Know

What Mobile Forensics Can ExamineA cell phone or tablet can provide an almost unbelievably thorough account of its user’s activities—where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and who they’ve connected with. Forensic investigators can recover deleted call logs, text messages, browsing history, photos, videos, and GPS location data to create comprehensive timelines of the user’s movements, activities, conversations, and more. They utilize cutting-edge technology and tools to recover data from any mobile device, which can play a significant role as evidence in criminal and civil cases.

Here’s a list of some of the data that mobile forensics can examine:

  • Text messages
  • Photo messages
  • Call logs
  • GPS location logs
  • Emails
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Chat history
  • Hidden or deleted data
  • Voicemail and audio files
  • Calendar information
  • A lot more

If you’re wondering your ex-husband is really watching the kids or out drinking, evidence in his smartphone will answer that for you. If you’re wondering whether your spouse is cheating on you, the answer’s probably in the smartphone, particularly the deleted data.


Head over to Eclipse Forensics for mobile device forensics and other forensic services. Their court-certified forensic experts have proven capabilities of providing clients with expert witness testimony in civil and criminal cases.

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