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I have plenty of plans for new reviews and articles, as I am doing this alone, these things take time and fit around my day job!  Its probably best to subscribe to the newsletter, rather than coming back here and being disappointed that there is nothing new.  I aim to add new content at least every 2 months or sooner!

 

 

8th-August-2020 -  Forensic Tool Kit 7.x (Access Data) - Review Upcoming

 

Just been in touch with a very polite Holli Hagene at Access Data, they are on-board for a review of Forensic Tool Kit 7.x (FTK).

 

I'm stoked to be honest as this is another of the "Grandaddy" forensic tools which I have been using (and avoiding at certain times in its lifespan) since I started in the digital forensic field.

 

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Its getting crazy now the number of vendors who have realised that they get some pretty in depth testing done for free - plus they get exposure on the site when the review is released.  Check the review index to see when this review will come out  here.  Sadly I am only one man, doing this in my spare time (which is limited) so it will be months before this one rolls off the conveyor belt :(

 

 

19th-June-2020 -  Elcomsoft Phone Breaker (Elcomsoft) - Review Upcoming

 

Wow, this is crazy another vendor has agreed a nice comfy, long term voluntary review of their product by CFRO !  Thats about 10 products queued up now !!

 

This time around we have Vladimir Katalov CEO of Elcomsoft, who wants to go through the CFRO mangle with the forensic edition of Elcomsoft Phone Breaker (EPB).  A 12 months licence has been granted and we are on the road to a review!

 

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It will be quite some time before this appears on the site, but if the tools I have used from Elcomsoft in the past are a reflection of the quality of EPB - it looks like this might get a decent score!

 

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18th-June-2020 -  Belkasoft Evidence Centre (Belkasoft) - Review Upcoming

 

Well CFRO has never been so popular, I have just been speaking with Yuri Gubanov over at Belkasoft.  They are now queued for a review of their flagship forensics suite  Belkasoft Evidence Centre 2020  (BEC).

 

I started a review (that was never published) of BEC three years ago, I found it was an unstable 32-bit mess, that had quite a few serious bugs.

 

That was a lifetime ago in development time and from what I have heard from others, all of those early issues are now a thing of the past!

 

I'm looking forward to this one, I remember it has a really nice user interface and has some killer features (relating to Apple forensics and Windows alike).

 

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It will be many months away, as there is a **huge** queue of vendors - and I am but one man :)

 

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15th-June-2020 -  IREC (Binalyze) - Review Upcoming

 

I have been speaking with Emre over at Binalyze, they have an incident response evidence collector tool known as Binalyze IREC, they approached CFRO for a review and as such are now part of the queue!!

 

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10th-June-2020 - Outrider (Magnet Forensics) - Review Upcoming

 

I have been speaking with Magnet Forensics about reviewing their new triage tool "Outrider"!  Yaaay!

 

The initial response from Magnet was a train-wreck inducing statement along the lines of "it [Outrider] is not ready to be reviewed, its just out of beta".  Yes folks, people still write things like that to me.

 

Thankfully the executive team at Magnet got involved and decided that this was not perhaps the best way to show confidence in their product to the community.  So that initial decision has been reversed - I am happy to say they have reconsidered and now a voluntary review is under way.  I'm pretty stoked to be honest - anything that helps out LE is always exciting for me to look at.

 

There are two versions of Outrider, corporate and LE - the latter having built in functionality to identify IIOC and other LE specific features.  I will be reviewing the corporate version, but fear not LE folk, I will take a look at those additional features.

 

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Kudos to Magnet for stepping up to the plate, you have to have b*lls to voluntarily come on this website for a review.

 

 

5th-June-2020 - Monolith Pro (Case Management) - Update

 

Just had a great chat with Matt Danner over at Monolith Forensics about the upcoming review of his case management software.  Its nice to see another developer who has confidence in his product and is happy to submit it to the CFRO microscope review process.

 

Good things come from small acorns and this is looking like its going to be something that may be in use in my lab if it does what it says on the tin.

 

Watch this space as I will be working on this soon.

 

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4th-June-2020 - NIST Announce Large Scale Testing of Forensic Software

 

The USA's National Institute of Standards and Testing has announced a program which will see mass testing of the accuracy of digital forensic tools.

 

Wow, did they steal my idea :)

 

Anyway, that's great news - I've joined their program as a testing affiliate - if you want to read more about it, check out the screenshot below or go here.

 

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2nd-June-2020 - Monolith Pro (Case Management) - Review Coming Soon!!

 

 

I've been watching this one for a while, Matt over at Monolith has agreed to a long term test of their Digital Forensics Case Management System.  I may have mentioned it in the site news before, but a slot has been allocated and this is going to be coming most likely towards the end of June.

 

There is a lot of really bad case management software out there that has been recycled from the emergency services sector and does not fit digital investigations very well - we will take a look at those and I'll tell you all about the fun and games I had a few years ago doing a behind-closed doors

 

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21st-May-2020 - Forensic Explorer -  Review Online (1200 BST)

 

It is finished, the review of Forensic Explorer is now online and available to view, was it any good ?  Did I like it ?

 

Find out by reading the review here!

 

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15th-May-2020 - Tableau TX1 Hardware Imager - Review Upcoming

 

I've been approached by Steve Gregory an old acquaintance of mine from my Police days.  He is part of the furniture at Opentext (aka Guidance Software) and has asked me to review Encase and the Tableau TX1 Hardware Imager.

 

I've used TD1's and TD2's back in the day, but this one is the newest all singing all dancing model - if I can get one in for a long term 12 month test - I will get a hardware review up here as soon as I can.

 

Expect the usual mind numbing detail if it happens - I know some of you like that !

 

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16th-Apr-2020 - Forensic Explorer - Upcoming Review

 

I'm coming to the end of my review of Forensic Explorer from GetData - Graham kindly sent over a 12 month licence for a long term test.

 

Its been an interesting ride with this underdog, I've spent as usual, waaaaay to much time on this (I should start charging for reviews lol!), but for those of you who like a long read, you won't be disappointed.

 

Is it a load of rubbish, is it amazing, well, you will have to wait and see!

 

I expect it to drop in the next week or so.

 

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25th-Mar-2020 - Cyber Triage - Upcoming Review

 

I've just had confirmation from Chris at Basis Technology - a licence for Cyber Triage is on the cards, so look out for a review!  CT is, simply put, a GUI that sits on top of Volatility and allows you to quickly scan RAM images for malware.  The killer feature in addition to this, is that you can load up a disk image into the software and it can scan event logs, system files and other areas for malicious programs.

 

I've played with the trial and enjoyed that, so now time to get the big boy pants on here at CFRO and have a deep dive into it.

 

Expect this to drop end of late April, early May.

 
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12th-Feb-2020 - Forensic Explorer - Get Data - Upcoming Review

 

I've just had confirmation from Graham over at GetData - a licence for Forensic Explorer is on its way over - so I can put this product through the CFRO mangle and see how it gets on.

 

I've not looked at this for a while, but I do know its half the price of most other forensic suites and has some cool built in image booting features (allowing you to boot a suspect machine directly from the image file, to see the desktop etc).

 

Expect this to drop end of March beginning of April, so;

 
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10th-Feb-2020 - Mac Imaging & Triage on a £1500 Budget - Article Online!

 

I've been cooking this one up for a while - as Apple forensics is not nearly as main-stream as its Windows counterpart - this article goes into the depths of how you can kit out your lab with a budget build and climb aboard the Apple forensics bandwagon.

 

The article covers;

 

- Setting a budget and doing this on a shoestring.
- Finding an Apple machine
- Preparing that machine for active service
- Which cables, adapters and hubs you will need
- Choosing a forensic triage and imaging software solution.
 
Its an interesting ride, if you have not looked at an Apple machine for a while, or just fancy getting up to date on what is what - take a look!
 
Take a look at Mac Imaging & Triage on a £1500 Budget here!
 
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7-Feb-2020 - Black Bag - Macquisition - Review Online!

 

Its here, I've finished my Macquisition review - its online here.

 

Its more of a journey than a review, if you want to know the ins and outs of imaging (not analysing) Apple machines, then this review will give you a good grounding and help you avoid some common Gotchas!  Enjoy!

 

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20/12/19 - Black Bag - Macquisition - Review under way!

 

Well folks, I have my Macquisition dongle and I also have a nice shiny T2 equipped Apple Macbook, so I will be doing some physical imaging of its internal drive over the holiday period !!  The whole lots has cost me about £190 for the rental, out of my own pocket of course - www.cfro.co.uk is broke - but hey, stuff on a shoestring is always better than the commercial stuff :)

 

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9/12/19 - Black Bag - Macquisition - Licence Secured for Review!

 

I have managed to obtain a licence for BlackBag's Macquisition, sadly not from them [they don't want it reviewed], but I have my ways!  I'm renting a T2 equipped Mac for the review, so we are good to go!

 

Look out for a full review soon, I will be taking you on a deep dive into the apparent "Physical" disk images that Maquisition creates and assess the real world usefulness of such a feature. 

 

In other words, is it going to give you much more than the other products out there?.

 

I don't know, we will see, either way, its going to be exciting to get the hood up and have a look inside!

 

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2/12/19 - New Vendor Interview - Armon Gungor - Metaspike 

 

We get Arman Gungor of Metaspike, creator of Forensic Email Extractor in the interview chair here at CFRO towers to spill the beans on the development of FEC and what we can expect from his outfit in the future!

 

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27/11/19 -  Black Bag - Macquisition Train Wreck Continues

 

Update from Black Bags marketing team, they don't want me to review it, makes me wonder what is wrong with the product - CFRO is a fair place for a review, otherwise why else would other vendors queue up to get a review ?? very strange indeed... full story here.

 

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26/11/19 Review "No Show" Online - Macquisition !

 

Check out what happened when I approached Black Bag to review their Apple imaging tool here.

 

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20/11/19 Case Management Software Review Upcoming!

 

Monolith forensics recently announced that they are working on a Case Management tool designed for forensic practicioners, its FREE while in beta, and I will be breaking my own rules and reviewing a piece of beta software on the site!

 

 

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12/11/19 Forensic Explorer V3 Review Upcoming!

 

A forensic suite for less than half the price of EnCase or FTK ?

 

I've just been in contact with Graham Henley from GetData.  He has agreed to a long term review of FE in the new year (around February) to be notified of when this review drops subscribe to the newsletter!

 

 

11/11/19 - Macquisition Review may be on the Cards!

 

I've just been contacted by Tim Thorne over at Black Bag Technologies about my last Recon Imager review.  I am hoping that Tim will submit Macquisition (their Apple imaging tool) for a long term review and we can have a good look at how this alternative product works.  Stay tuned.... Like, share and subscribe please!

 

 

6/11/19 - New Review Online - KeyGrabber USB Air  - by Jon Munsey

 

We go all secret squirrel and test out this £20/$20/€18 hardware key logging device in this in-depth review.  Like, share and subscribe please!

 

 

1/11/19 - New Review Online - Recon Imager V4.05 - by Jon Munsey

 

We take this Apple Mac disk and memory imaging tool out for a spin, in this in-depth review.  Like, share and subscribe!

 

 

25/10/19 - Upcoming Reviews!

 

Sumuri Recon Imager V4.05 - How do you image Apple computers ? Not with a linux boot disk anymore, thats for sure.  This review is almost complete and I'm hoping to have this online over the weekend, subscribe to be notified of all new reviews!

 

KeyDemon Wifi Key Logger - An interesting little device to help with covert capturing of a targets keystrokes.  Is it any good ?  No idea, not taken it out of the packet yet, but rest assured, it will get a grilling in the near future, subscribe to be notified of new reviews!

 

 

20/10/19 - Upcoming Reviews!

 

FTK Imager V4 (Access Data) -  One of the oldest imaging programs in computer forensics software gets a well deserved review, come along for the ride and find out some interesting features and quirks that you may not know about.  

 

 

18/10/19 - New Review Online - Forensic Email Collector V3.10 - by Jon Munsey

 

Pick up a pointy stick and come with me to poke FEC about, in this in-depth review of Metaspikes all-in-one mailbox collection tool.

 

 

18/10/19 - Calling All Vendors - We Need Your Advertisements & Products!

 

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If you wish to advertise on our site - please visit the advertise with us page.  This site is small acorns at present, so get in whilst it is new and the prices are super low.  The only people realistically reading this site are potential customers and decision makers!

 

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Launched the site today, have lots of reviews lined up and am hoping that you guys and girls will support me by signing up to the newsletter, so you can be notified when any new content is added!  It has been a long time in the making, but it is finally here - spread the word and share please - I need as much exposure as I can get!

 

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