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Mobile Forensics

It is predicted that world-wide mobile cellular subscriptions reached 7.5 billion by the end of 2014 and it is expected to reach 8.5 billion by the end of 2016.

To put that into perspective, the population of the world at the end of 2013 was a mere 7.1 billion people.

Smartphones of today, such as the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy line, and others are compact forms of computers with high performance, huge storage, and enhanced functionalities. Mobile phones have become the most personal electronic device a user accesses. They are used to perform simple communication tasks, such as calling and texting, while still providing support for Internet browsing, e-mail, taking photos and videos, creating and storing documents, identifying locations with GPS services, and managing business tasks. Mobile phones become portable data carriers, and they keep track of all your moves. With the increasing prevqalence of mobile phone in peoples' daily lives and in crime, data acquired from phones become an invaluable source of evidence for investigations relating to criminal, civil, and even high-profile cases. The science behind recovering digital evidence from mobile phones is called mobile forensics.

Mobile Forensics
Digital Forensics is a branch of forensic science focusing on the recovery and investigation of raw data residing in electronic or digital devices. Mobile forensics is a branch of digital forensics related to the recovery of digital evidence from mobile devicees. The mobile forensics process is broken into three main categories: Seizure, Acquisition, and Examination/Analaysis.

Mobile Forensic Challenges
One of the biggest forensic challenges when it comes to the mobile platform is the fact that data can be accessed, stored, and synchronized across multiple devices. As the data is volatile and can be quickly transformed or deleted remotely, more effort is required for the preservation of this data. Mobile forensics is different from computer forensics and presents unique challenges to forensic examiners.

Mobile Forensic Examiners often struggle to obtain digital evidence from mobile devices. The following are some of the reasons:

  • Hardware differences: The market is flooded with different models of mobile phones from different manufacturers. Forensic examiners may come across different types of mobile models, which differ in size, hardware, features, and operating system. Also, with a short product development cycle, new models emerge very frequently. As the mobile landscape is changing each passing day, it is critical for the examiner to adapt to all the challenges and remain updated on mobile device forensic techniques.

    3990 Cell Phone Models Supported to varying degrees