What is digital forensics?
You may have enjoyed the Easter mystery and watched the police solve case after case. It shows investigators working together to find out who the criminal is. In recent times, you see both physical investigators looking for DNA (e.g. strands of hair and fingerprints), but we now also see more of digital investigators, where they look for digital evidence. These digital investigators look for evidence of data breaches or try to find electronic traces of someone who has done something illegal. Digital investigators have therefore become more and more important for all types of investigations that take place today.
A digital identity is created based on who you are online. Simply the digital you. There are many categories within digital tracks, but I like to keep things simple. Digital tracks can be seen everywhere. On likes, comments and photos.
We can divide the various tracks found online into two categories:
Active digital tracks and Passive digital tracks .
The active digital tracks are those that we knowingly and willingly put online. This can be your profile picture, comments and likes. Everything that helps to say something about who you are online. Simply things that you realize others will want to see.
The passive digital traces are the traces we leave behind that we don't think about. There are things that you don't knowingly and willfully put out there for everyone to see, but could be your IP address, cookies and other logs on your devices. It is often these tracks that can be a little more difficult to find, because they can be hidden to some extent.
SEE Digital Monitoring
SEE Hacking and data breaches