Computer Forensics – More Valuable for Private Investigators than Ever

As a private investigator, you live on the front lines when it comes to evidence, and in today’s digital age, that means uncovering digital footprints is a must. GDF can help you successfully find, follow and document the trail.

Find AnswersWith such an arsenal of digital devices on the scene and our heavy every-day reliance on technology, knowing where to look and how to uncover the digital truth has never been more crucial to private investigators. Emails, digital pictures, phone logs, electronic transactions, Internet browsing histories and social media sites are just some of the treasure troves of vital information we can help you wade through and pinpoint the relevant information you’re looking for, but that is just part of job. A GDF forensics examination goes much deeper than that, even uncovering information that has been mistakenly or intentionally deleted and/or hidden. While computer forensics does differ from data recovery, which is recovery of data after an event affecting the physical data such as a hard drive crash, computer forensics goes much further. Computer forensics is a complete computer examination with analysis as the ultimate goal, and our extensive background in data recovery, mixed with our renowned forensics skills, ensures that if digital evidence exists, we will find it.

This means not only recovering deleted files (documents, graphics, etc.), but also searching the slack space and unallocated space on the hard drive, places normally not visible to a user, but where a plethora of evidence regularly resides. It means tracing Windows artifacts, those tidbits of data left behind by the operating system, for clues of what the computer has been used for, and more importantly, evaluate the value of the information found. A GDF forensics examination allows the processing of hidden files, those that are not visible or accessible to the user, but contain a wealth of past usage information, allowing us to reconstruct and analyze the date codes for each file and determine when each file was created, last modified, last accessed and/or deleted, for example.

Computer forensics is being able to run a string-search for email, when no email client is obvious. An analysis will reveal Internet usage, recover data, and accomplish a full analysis of the information to identify the relevant information sought even after the computer has been de-fragmented and/or formatted. It is using industry-standard methodology, and supplying you with a detailed and clear written report.

GDF provides investigators with a wide variety of computer forensic services, such as data acquisition, data recovery and evidence gathering, and the clarity and detail of our examination results in written report form is unparalleled. We understand each client has different needs and each case is unique, which is all the more reason to trust in GDF’s vast industry experience.  It allows us to be flexible and react on-the-fly to the often fluid conditions of a case, assuring that unexpected developments don’t leave you in a deer-in-the-headlights situation. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about how we may assist you. In the end, you will know you made a wise decision trusting GDF when it comes to uncovering digital evidence.

GDF is highly experienced in identifying, recovering, and analyzing Electronically Stored Information (ESI) to help investigators prove what happened, when it happened, how it happened and who was involved.

We can help your firm help clients:

Electronic digital evidence acquisition, search, filter and consolidation of data, emails and files from virtually any type of digital media, including hard drives, digital storage devices, smartphones, backup tapes, CD-ROM, floppy disks, Zip disks, cloud infrastructures, and social media sites.

GDF’s certified computer forensics examiners are skilled in acquiring and delivering data from both hostile and friendly environments.

All GDF examinations are compliant with DOJ recommended standards and GDF examiners are experienced in strictly implementing and adhering to chain-of-custody procedures.

Discovery of hidden and deleted emails, pictures, Internet usage and unauthorized software installed on a company system.

Lost password recovery and cracking locked files.

Expert Witness Testimony (both depositions and court).

Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) available 24/7 to respond anywhere you need us. Our strategically located responders insure we will get to where you need us anywhere in the country, or the world.

Fast Service and Written Analysis

Here at GDF we’ve been in the game for a very long time. We know that a case may start as one thing and transform into another, so every investigation is treated as if it could end up in a court of law or other legal proceeding, meaning methodologies used will be the same proven, verifiable and repeatable steps we always use. So whether it is a simple investigation of a spouse for a divorce, or a complex multi-million dollar class action suit, you can be confident any digital evidence found will be admissible in court, should that be where the case ends up.

It should be clear, when evidence goes digital, GDF is always the right choice.

So call us today at 1 (800) 866-8189, the earlier we are involved, the better the chances of success for your case. It only takes one misstep along the way to render your evidence tainted and inadmissible when it could count the most. And as always, any and all information will be kept strictly confidential.