Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Hardware & InfoSec, Mobile, Tools & Tricks of the Trade, Tools for Auditing and Security
I’m having very mixed feelings, I must say, on what I’ve been reading about accessing information from cell phones. On the one hand, in my line of work, which occasionally includes forensics, I’m pleased to see new tools come out that make my job that much easier. The Cell Seizure Investigator “stick” from Paraben for under $500 is a great new piece of equipment for pulling all information off of a corporate cell phone.
On the other hand, knowing that there is a quick tool to pull all the data off my phone in five minutes or so doesn’t give me warm feelings inside. Given that there isn’t really a secure delete function that is available, anything that is on my phone could be recovered in the same way we can recover deleted data from a hard drive. When will we have the ability to encrypt the storage on these things?
I have seen some early reports of cell phones that use biometric identification, but none that appear to be here in the USA.
I have run across a free tool for deleting data on your cell phone by recellular.com that offers some software based on model of phone. Not all models are covered, and I haven’t had a chance to test it out. If you do, please let me know your results.
In the meantime, review what is on your cell phone, and keep it to a minimum!