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Computer Forensics Services in Private Investigation Agencies

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Computer Forensics Services in Private Investigation Agencies


The modern world has made people dependent on their technologically forward devices like smart phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers among others. This dependency has led people to entrust their personal information and other secrets to their devices without thinking twice. The use of computers for journaling has also picked up and most peoples’ lives can be pieced together from their personal computers as well as other personal technological devices. Both positive and negative information can be stored in a computer and it can reflect the activities of the owner. People who have something to hide or have ill intent usually use their personal computers to carry out fraudulent activities, cheat on their spouses as well as stalk people among many other things. Most people delete information from their hard drives thinking that it is forever gone, never to be retrieved again. Well, that is where computer forensics comes in.

Am sure you are wondering what computer forensics is. Well, it is the examination of digital media in a forensically sound way with the intent of identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing and presenting facts and opinions with reference to the information obtained. It is used in computer crimes, civil proceedings as well as criminal cases. The techniques used are in line with guidelines and practices designed to generate a legal audit trail. In order for the evidence obtain to hold up in a court, a professional should be contacted to do the forensics. One of the professionals licensed to carry out the investigation is a private investigator or members of a private investigation agency. Most private investigation agencies have trained personnel who can conduct the forensic investigation and give their evidence in court in a simple and understandable manner. So if you have a cheating spouse, an employee you suspect of stealing company funds or suspect someone of doing some illegal things using their computer, contact a private investigator.

Most culprits erase evidence that may be used to incriminate them from their hard drives or any other digital media. Contacting your computer technician to snoop around the suspect’s computer is not advisable as the information garnered will not be admissible in court. This is because he or she is not trained in the legal procedures and guidelines in carrying out computer forensics. Using a licensed private investigator is a safer bet and they will be able to deduce information and clues from the computer data retrieved that neither you nor the computer technician could be able to construe. Some of the cases that the information can be used in are: adultery cases, child pornography cases, fraud cases, embezzlement, and failure of disclosure of pertinent to potential investors among others.

When doing the forensic examination on the computer, the private investigator is able to run the string-search for e-mail with a breakdown revealing the Internet usage, websites visited, retrieve data, and carry out a full analysis even after the computer has been formatted or / and defragged. This may take a substantial amount of time especially if the computer has had a lot of information and has been in use for a very long time. After all data has been retrieved and arranged in a sequential manner, the forensics expert will be able to objectively view and logically analysis the data into pertinent information that can be used in a court of law or during arbitration or any other legal process. Most advocates rely on such information as it can make or break a case and may just show the thought process and the values of the person who owns the computer. Computer forensics (also known as computer forensic science) is one of the branches of digital forensics science that a private investigator may use to present information recovered from a computer in a legally accepted manner. It may be costly, but it is worth it as it may just be the difference between the guilty and not guilty verdict. Contact a licensed private investigator for more information or clarification if need be if you have any doubts.


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