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A New Texting Tool for Teens

Jott is an interesting new App that has gained favor with teens because of some unique features. Jott is very similar to other popular Apps like KIK, TextPlus, and TextFree in that it allows text talk between friends, but unlike the others, it also has a social network feature. So what makes it so special? The reason it is special is how the communication happens. Jott works with Bluetooth, so it doesn’t solely rely on a cellular or WiFi connections. Many people and investigators can forget about Bluetooth as the red-headed stepchild of connections, but in the end, it is a great option for communication. I tested this theory with my 16-year old son because at his school there is no WiFi and no cellular. He loved the idea because he could then connect to anyone within a short distance and hit them up with questions like, “hey where r u?” Although this might not seem like priority communications to an older age group, that connection is like a drug to the younger age groups.

The forensic impact of this type of App is something important to note. Many investigators rely on Airplane Mode to be able to block the device from receiving signals after seizure. A convenient and practical idea in theory, but in the case of Jott, it’s not a safe idea. Typically the Airplane Mode on a phone is designed to only stop the cellular service from working. Further navigation into the phone is required to disable the other areas of connection such as the WiFi and even further navigation for disabling the Bluetooth. Something as simple as the Bluetooth connection can be overlooked by many, which is why I always recommend the use of a proper Faraday enclosure, such as Paraben’s StrongHold bags. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

As far as the data recovery on the App, it is similar to other texting Apps. A detailed list of what is recoverable is available in the link below. Paraben has added support for Jott in the new 7.2 release of DS scheduled for the beginning of October 2015.

View Jott App Acquired & Recovered Data Chart