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How to Collect Forensic Evidence in a Mobile World

Digital Forensics | Aug 23, 2017

In 2017, Forensic investigators must have the tools to collect evidence from a diverse set of mobile apps. Data from eMarketer shows that, on average, US adults spend 2.5 hours/day on apps. They use 20 different apps each month. Increasing app use results in an overwhelming increase of evidence left within these mobile apps. 

eMarketer - Mobile Use 2017

(The average time spent per day using mobile apps continues to increase Y-o-Y – source: eMarketer)

Apps for everything from chatting to banking make smartphones and mobile devices into treasure troves of forensic evidence. With EnCase Mobile Investigator, law enforcement or corporate teams can access and analyze this critical evidence.

As apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp continue to grow, and with new apps popping up all the time, forensic investigators face another challenge. How to stay abreast of the latest developments?

In our most recent webinar, Uncovering Mobile App Evidence with EnCase Mobile Investigator, we identified major challenges that investigators face when working with mobile apps. We also go into detail about how EnCase Mobile Investigator can help address those challenges with:

  • Enhanced Visibility – EnCase Mobile Investigator empowers examiners with features like Optical Character Recognition (OCR) search to find, extract, and analyze data within graphic files such as PDFs or photos (JPEG, GIF, etc.).
  • Support and Frequent Updates – EnCase Mobile Investigator supports major apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google Maps, and many more. EnCase also supports all major operating systems, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows. Finally, EnCase offers quarterly support updates to address the ever-changing app landscape.
  • Ease of use – EnCase Mobile Investigator offers a built-in SQLite viewer. Embedded SQLite database evidence can be easily viewed, searched, sorted, and included into a report. With an intuitive user-interface, streamlined analysis, and flexible reporting, investigators can easily gather the evidence they need to close a case.

EnCase Mobile Investigator empowers digital forensic investigators to gather and analyze relevant evidence needed for their cases. To learn more or get a demo, please reach out to or visit

Raj Udeshi is a Product Management specialist at Guidance Software specializing in digital forensics and investigations.

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