The Use of Digital Forensics For a Private Investigator

Digital Forensics is referred to as computer forensic analysis, electronic evidence discovery, digital discovery, computer analysis, and computer examinations. It is the process of preservation, identification, interpretation and documentation of evidence recovered for presentation in civil or criminal court.

Digital Forensic helps recovering deleted files and searching the slack and unallocated space on the hard drive, places where valuable hard to find evidence regularly resides. It traced on windows artifacts, for clues of what the computer has been used for, and, more importantly, knowing how to find the artifacts, and evaluating the value of information. Processing of hidden files that contain past usage information.

Professionally trained forensic technicians can recover data from a hard drive, floppy disk,USB keys, CF cards or SD cards, smart phone or cell telephone or flash card memory stick, data recovery can be done with digital forensic solution using the latest technology to recover your data. Electronic digital evidence acquisition, search, filter and consolidation of data, e-mail’s and files from virtually any type of media including hard drives, backup tapes, CD-ROM, floppy disks, Zip disks.

Computer forensics is capable to run the string-search for e-mail with an analysis revealing the Internet usage, recover data, and accomplish a full analysis even after the computer has been defragged and/or formatted.

Here are some examples on how Digital forensics provide assistance to private investigator in specific tasks and scenarios:

1. Adultery cases : where the forensic recovery was used to find evidence/trail of an unfaithful husband
Tailing the suspect : by using GPS (Global Positioning System).

Evidende Acquisition : Deleted mails, erased SMS Text messages, cell phone messages archives and others.

2. Harassment cases: victim receiving of harassment via phone, and/or email.

Tailing the suspect : Preserve logs of phone calls received from cell phones or email sent from a given source and present them as evidence by strictly maintaining a chain of custody. The forensic examiner can analyze the email header and trace it for the origins of the IP address from which it has been sent.

3. Surveillance cases : continual observation of a person closely in suspection of doing something illegal

Tailing the suspect : modern devices such as spy-ware programs and keystroke loggers are able to capture and provide real time information about what, where and when things have occurred on a suspected computer.

As society and economy evolved, the competitiveness in private investigation field gets intense. Therefore, it is vital to always stay with the latest modern technology with its latest devices, in order to provide the best professional and valued services to their clients. The ability of private investigator to equip with certain knowledge and skill on digital Forensics is a great essential step not only to further enhance the stability of this professional service, but to monopoly this business as well.