Practical Mobile Forensics
By Satish Bommisetty, Rohit Tamma, Heather Mahalik
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: July 2014
Pages: 328

In Detail

With the advent of smartphones, the usage and functionality of mobile devices has grown enormously along with the sensitive information contained in these devices. Law enforcement agencies around the world have realized the importance of evidence present on a mobile device and how it can influence the outcome of an investigation.

Practical Mobile Forensics explains mobile forensic techniques on the iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry platforms. You will learn the fundamentals of mobile forensics, and different techniques to extract data from a device, recover deleted data, bypass the screen lock mechanisms, and various other tools that aid in a forensic examination.

This book will teach you everything you need to know to forensically examine a mobile device. The techniques described are not only useful for budding forensic investigators, but will also come in handy for those who may want to recover accidentally deleted data.

Approach

The book is an easy-to-follow guide with clear instructions on various mobile forensic techniques. The chapters and the topics within are structured for a smooth learning curve, which will swiftly empower you to master mobile forensics.

Who this book is for

If you are a budding forensic analyst, consultant, engineer, or a forensic professional wanting to expand your skillset, this is the book for you. The book will also be beneficial to those with an interest in mobile forensics or wanting to find data lost on mobile devices. It will be helpful to be familiar with forensics in general but no prior experience is required to follow this book.

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    4.0

    A brilliant insight into Mobile Forensic

    By The Spartan

    from London

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      Comments about oreilly Practical Mobile Forensics:

      This book offers a hands-on guide to people who are interested in the world of mobile forensics and covers the most popular mobiles operating systems currently in use today. The author manages to convey his vast knowledge extremely well and each chapter was easy to follow, the depth of this book is amazing and it covers everything from stripping a device down to how data is stored and methods to retrieve it.

      The book teaches you how to root/jailbreak devices and how to use tools to analyse and recover data, but please be aware that rooting/jailbreaking your device will void any warranty the device has.

      The practical aspect of this book is what sets it apart from other books I've read and the author's perspective is fascinating as he describes what he's used each skill for and its value in real world application.

      I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested or looking to get into mobile forensics.

       
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      Perfect & Concise

      By Bill Jones

      from Baltimore, MD

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        Comments about oreilly Practical Mobile Forensics:

        Excellent guide to not only useful tools to analyze and recover data from mobile devices, iOS, Android, and MS are all covered. While I felt restricted as the author used Mac OS for most of the operations for the iOS devices, some windows applications that are open source would be nice to have.

        If this is for a professional company then the $1,500 price tag for one of the software options are not a major concern.

        You'll certainly walk away with a good understanding of how the different OS versions store the data and how to access it rather quickly, having rooted devices makes this task much easier. Part of gathering data is knowing where to look and this book not only gives you that information, but takes it a step further and gives you some handy database related commands to extract the data you'd most likely be interested in.
        All in all I give this book 5 starts because it did have a lot of solid information despite the lack luster for lower cost software solutions. If you're looking to get into data recovery for mobile platforms or do the forensic work, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book already.

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        5.0

        Good book to learn mobile forensics

        By RiccardoMassera

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          Comments about oreilly Practical Mobile Forensics:

          The book achieves very well its goal to be a good hands-on guide for both forensic professionals and people interested in data recovery from mobile devices.

          In fact there are specific sections where it explains how to conduct a forensic analysis and the forensic tools that are available for this purpose, while the rest of the book has parts that are useful for everyone.

          The book is up to date with the mobile devices that you can find on the market today and explains how to handle them, covering the four most widespread operating systems on the mobile market: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS.

          For each of this systems, there is an in depth explanation of the internals of the operating system, focusing on security related aspects and on how data is stored on the device.
          This theory session is followed by a practical part, where the author explains common techniques to take control on the device and acquire data from it, starting with standard tools and introducing more specific tools, leaving forensic tools at the end.
          This scheme lets the reader familiarize with the device and commonly available tools, helping him to better understand how the device works and how to handle it without sophisticated tools that simplify the work.

          Overall, I think this is a good book to read if you are looking to learn how to conduct a forensic analysis of mobile devices and the related techniques or just want to learn how mobile devices work and how to recover data from them.

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