Stronghold Faraday Equipment Stops Mobile Evidence from Wiping

August 17, 2021
— Smartphone data can provide key evidence in most crimes today. Almost everyone has a smartphone, and every smartphone has data that will help investigators catch a criminal, from pictures to video location data to private messages between them and their co-conspirators.

The variety of uses for smartphones and crime range from drug dealers using Snapchat and TikTok to advertise their stash, prices, and location, to thieves doing selfies with their loot. Regardless of how smartphones are being used by potential suspects, they will continue to be prevalent at crime scenes. Investigators need to be able to secure the device to protect the evidence from being remotely wiped to have the best chance at forensically capturing the data.

Due to the amount of data that a smartphone can provide during an investigation, it is imperative that the data does not get contaminated, wiped by kill commands, or any malware sent to the device. The best way to make sure the smartphone is secure is by using a Faraday bag. A standard protocol for all investigations involving smart devices should include immediately securing the device inside a Faraday bag. Faraday technology is not new; it was created in 1836 by Michael Faraday and has been used to block signals ever since. A smartphone's main job is to send and receive signals from the device to a tower, back to the device, and the only way to stop that from happening is by using a Faraday device to block it. Paraben’s patented Stronghold Faraday Bag is the top-of-the-line when it comes to securing the mobile device.

Smartphone devices can have a variety of different signals available that can pose a risk to the valuable evidence they hold. Many organizations believe that using Airplane Mode will protect their smartphones from being destroyed by potential kill commands and other evidence killers. However, this common misconception can leave evidence vulnerable to attack through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFR signals that are still on when Airplane Mode is activated. Only a Faraday bag can offer complete device protection and place the device in a cone of silence that stops all signals from being received.

Paraben Corporation was the founder of mobile device forensics in 2001. At the beginning of mobile forensics, many cases were thrown out of court because of improper evidence handling. It was during this time that Paraben Corporation's CEO decided that a solution was needed that could block signals on mobile devices and would also be field-ready to still allow officers to easily carry and seize the devices. Paraben Corporation then developed and patented its line of Faraday bags, called StrongHold bags, to protect mobile devices from receiving any devastating signals that could contaminate or wipe evidence.

Paraben’s StrongHold bags use a patented (U.S. Patent No. 7,601,921) design to block out wireless signals from cell towers, wireless networks, and other signal sources that threaten digital evidence. These reusable bags are designed with multiple layers of metal interwoven to create the strongest protection through a three-tier approach. The first tier is the patented design that allows for all potential signal vectors to be stopped. The second tier is the multiple layered multi-metal materials that start the protection shield. Finally, the third tier is the shielded hook-and-loop enclosure that locks in the device to secure the maximum level of protection for your mobile evidence.

Using Paraben’s StrongHold Faraday bags to protect your wireless evidence provides you with top-tier protection for any potential signals that could destroy the digital evidence on the device. StrongHold Bags can be used in the field to protect a device from receiving any wireless signals until it can be safely and securely brought back to a lab for examination. The lab can then work with the wireless devices inside Paraben’s StrongHold tent, allowing for continued protection while actively processing the mobile device.

Faraday technology is not only used to secure mobile devices and their evidence. Faraday bags are also commonly used by consumers to protect their personal information that is found on the RFID chips in credit cards and passports. Faraday bags can also be used to protect laptops and other smart devices that store personal information and emit signals from having that data stolen. Quite a few organizations also use Faraday bags as a security measure. Visitors and employees are provided Faraday bags in which they can secure their devices so that the devices can’t be used to remove or transmit sensitive information. Some government facilities require that all phones get deposited into a Faraday bag upon entry of their facilities. Faraday technology and Paraben’s StrongHold bags have a variety of uses in an organization beyond evidence protection.

Paraben also offers software, called the E3 Forensic Platform, that can capture data from devices. This robust software can process all types of smartphones with logical, physical, and even cloud data acquisition options. This powerful technology has been aiding digital forensic investigators since 2001 in the processing of all types of mobile devices from feature phones, smartphones, GPS units, tablets, and IoT devices. Paraben’s comprehensive approach to digital device management, from field seizure with the StrongHold bag to lab processing with the E3 Forensic Platform, gives any lab end-to-end solutions for dealing with mobile evidence.

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