PC forensics, or the personal computer forensics, is a term used to describe a technique which allows you to search for files on a computer, save such files and analyze them. These tactics are often used by not only private investigators and private detectives; they are also widely adopted by different crime fighting agencies such as the police force.
This is a significant step in keeping up with the technological advances that crime has adopted and further serves to provide valuable information, data and evidence that may have been stored on the computer.
However, this is a complex branch of forensics that seems to be deceptively simple. It is not a simple case of just opening the computer and retrieving the files. Even opening the file can alter the date of the file, which can give the lawyer of the defendant a chance to contest the legitimacy of the file, as he can bring in allegations of tampering. Furthermore, many files are protected by encryption that can prove hard to break down.
Computer analysis refers to applying engineering principles in order to be able to examine the data that is located on the computer. The aim of the practice is to be able to recover sufficient data and evidence that will help prove the complicity of the person in question. There are various tools that can be used by the UK private detectives in order to be able to fully and sufficiently analyze the computer. These tools can be used to manually review any material present on the computer.
Computer Forensics Techniques
There are various techniques in the UK that are being used by private detectives in order to analyze the given data. One of these techniques is cross-drive analysis, which can cross check the data found on various hard drives and detect any anomalies present. Another such technique is used in the recovery of deleted files, via different tools and software’s that are not available to the common man. Meanwhile, stochastic forensic refers to a method which investigates activities that are related to data theft.
The forensic process is a scientific process used by private investigators which is used to aid forensics investigations. This process starts by acquiring and creating a duplicate of the assets seized, which is then carefully analyzed in order to find out any instances of tampering of data. Once the thorough analysis is complete, the information found is then reported. These reports are generally handed to the law enforcement department in order to be used as evidence in court proceedings.
There are a variety of tools that are available to private eyes in the UK who conduct computer forensics. These tools include the Registry Recon, which can rebuild the Windows registries and have them deeply analyzed, the FTK, which is a multipurpose tool and is generally made use of to index data and media that has been acquired from the computer. Further tools include COFFEE, which contains various tools that Microsoft provided only to the law enforcement agencies, and EPRB, which consists of the decryption of data as well as recovery of passwords.