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The Value of Expert Witness-Attorney Relationships

The term “expert witness” may get tossed around a little more than it should.  Since leaving law enforcement, I can attest to the fact that I’ve seen so-called “experts” of all shapes and sizes.  Some are very professional and knowledgeable and some…

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Pro Digital: Investigative Solutions

Regular readers of this blog know that my professional experience and expertise started in the investigative realm.  Ever since I first got interested in law enforcement, I wanted to be an investigator and I’ve been fortunate enough to not only see…

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The Value of (the right) Key Word Searches

When I was a full-time police detective, I was fortunate enough to attend several very good, very long digital forensic training courses (see letters at end of name).  Unfortunately, what this also did was widen the gap between what I knew…

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What Social Media Activity Tells a Trained Forensic Examiner

For better or for worse, social media has become a driving force in many aspects of our lives.  It helps individuals stay in touch with friends, relatives, former classmates and other acquaintances.  It also helps business drive users to websites, advertise and…

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Five Tips for Effective Technical Warrant-Writing

Having worked in law enforcement at the level of investigator and forensic examiner and subsequently transitioning to a trainer/private practitioner role, I’m starting to gather the benefit of something many law enforcement (LE) agents may well overlook – diversity of…

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How Digital Forensics Can Help: Intellectual Property Theft Cases

In the second of our series of “How Digital Forensics Can Help” articles, we’ll focus on an area that is most applicable to corporations – Theft of intellectual property.  Intellectual Property (IP) is defined as: The legal rights that arise from…

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Keep Windows 10 off Your Forensic Machine (for now)

With the much anticipated recent release of Windows 10 comes a number of concerns for digital forensic examiners.  Full disclosure, I’m an Apple guy.  I like Apple products very much and wish I could do all of my forensic work on OSx,…

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Digital Device Seizure Tips for Attorneys & Legal Staff

As a private digital forensic practitioner, our clients come from several different areas.  Pro Digital markets our services to private investigators, information security professionals, human resource practitioners and our biggest segment of clientele, attorneys involved in litigation practice, both civil and…

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