I never would have thought that an App that allows for all of the random thoughts in your head to become public displays would become popular. Then I started looking into a new app called Whisper. This App creates an anonymous community of the chatter about the most random stuff.

As we enter the new year everyone would like to look forward at the trends of 2016 and beyond and how they will interact and affect the field of digital forensics. According to Gartner some of the technical trends for 2016 are:

Many digital investigators, students, academics, examiners and researchers would like to extend and enhance current proprietary forensic platforms. When the need arises to address new issues, handle special cases or to directly impact performance by unleashing multiple processing cores toward a specific problem, your control may be limited. In addition, you may want to develop a deeper understanding of how digital evidence is acquired, examined and analyzed and add some of your own twists to the art of cybercrime investigation.

We are constantly fighting a tide of new firmware versions from smartphone manufacturers, and it is easy to get overwhelmed with the changes. Each of these firmware versions can dramatically change the results we receive in our acquisitions and with our investigations. Lately iOS 9 has been released, patched, and released; it is good to know where you stand with this firmware when it comes to your examination.

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.