Computer forensics, sometimes referred to as digital forensics, is a branch of forensic science that pertains to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage mediums. Computer forensics adheres to the standards of evidence that are admissible in a court of law. Computer forensics experts investigate data storage devices such as hard drives, USB drives, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, tape drives, etc.,. They also specialize in identifying data and preserving evidence for use in court. Computer forensic specialists, then analyze sources of documentary or other digital evidence.
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Computer Forensics Reference Websites
Following are websites and other resources that provide information regarding computer forensics:
Computer Crime Books – A collection of computer crime and computer security books. Use these helpful books to learn the tools, techniques and terminology used by the experts in this field.
Computer Forensics – An article that provides a helpful overview of the Computer Forensics field.
Computer Monitoring Software – A collection of resources and software used to monitor computer and network activity.
Email Spy Software – Email Spy Software is the latest in monitoring technology allowing you to secretly record every incoming and outgoing email on the computer you install it to.
Guidance Software – A company that manufactures computer forensic hardware and software and provides training resources.
Hot Pepper Technology – E-Mail Detective can retrieve AOL email that has been cached or saved on a user’s disk drive, complete with embedded pictures. We’re not sure if it works with other email clients or services.
Real Time Spy Software – Real Time Spy Software is a remotely installable spy software solution designed to provide convenient access to the monitored PC from ANY LOCATION without the use of IP addresses and direct connections to the remote PC!
The Sleuth Kit – The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy Browser are UNIX open source digital forensic analysis tools, based on The Coroner’s Toolkit. They can be used to examine NTFS, FAT, FFS, EXT2FS and EXT3FS files.
Unshredder – Unshredder is a simple program that unleashes the power of a desktop computer to reduce the time consumed by investigators reconstructing shredded documentary evidence. Until now the only alternative to manual processing was to engage a third party to process the work on computers at their premises. By comparison to external processing of the evidence Unshredder reduces the turnaround time, keeps full control of the investigation in-house and there is less risk of a security risk or loss of the evidence. The original shreds remain unchanged from the process and the integrity of the original is captured electronically to be printed or dispatched electronically by wire or disc.
WinUndelete – Windows File Recovery Software – An easy to use undelete software utility to recover deleted files from hard drives, floppy disks, Zip drives, USB external flash drives, digital camera cards, and more.