Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What to do when your Hard Drive eventually gives in

Has your hard drive been giving you trouble recently? Has it been acting strange – making noises, moving extra slow and making it almost impossible to find your files? Don’t worry you’re not alone, every hard drive eventually gives in, so it might be time to say goodbye!

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When your hard drive is close to giving in, always look out for these signs…

- Strange noises
- Files becoming corrupted
- Crashing
- Slow speeds

These are the most common signs you’ll see, especially if your hard drive is a few years old. If you have an old spinning hard drive, the moving parts can deteriorate over the years causing it to break.

New hard drives, such as solid state drives (SSD) do not have any moving parts, however they too will eventually break when the storage cells have degraded. Although, keep in mind that solid state hard drives are much more reliable and last a lot longer.

Image result for hard drive failOver the years your hard drive may fail gradually, unless it is exposed to excessive heat or physical trauma. So, it is best to always keep a watchful eye on your hard drive’s health, this way you can make sure you are prepared and avoid losing all your precious data. However sometimes the inevitable happens and your hard drive does fail, this is when it is time to call in the professionals.

We offer detailed drive analysis and recovery of artefacts and data all in one. Using a physical image of the hard disk drive, we are able to provide a deep scan of deleted items and trace elements from a hard disk drive.

We use world leader Magnet Axiom for hard disk drive analysis along with a handful of proprietary tools and industry accepted technologies. While we are able to offer on-site triage and acquisition, data analysis is best done within our lab as it is a time consuming and resource intensive operation. We run the latest i7 processing units to minimise analysis time and deliver fast results in the form of a portable case file that you may interrogate at your convenience.

We follow a full secure chain of custody from device acquisition through to analysis and return of exhibits. Our digital forensics lab facility is based in Cape Town – please feel free to contact us on 087 001 0523 or email

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Cellular Best Practices for At-Risk Individuals

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· Register a unique email address to use when setting up your phone. Do not use your usual email address. You can add that later as a functional email account.

· Use a totally unique password for the email account with which you setup your phone.

· NEVER give anyone the above email address or password and do not use that email address for anything else.

· iPhone is safer than Android – provided that you follow these guidelines – specifically around using an anonymous email address.

· Always use solid, complex passcodes.


· Enable encryption to secure your data if your phone ever gets lost.

· NEVER migrate data between phones. Rather back the data up and transfer it separately.

· NEVER hand your phone to anyone. Keep it in your hands if you need to show them something.

· Avoid linking your phone to any computer you do not have control of.

· KNOW what data you are backing up to Google, WhatsApp etc. be sure it is the minimum required information and no more.


· Keep apps to a bare minimum – if you don’t use it or need it, take it off!

· Never jailbreak an iPhone or root an Android device – only load apps from the relevant app store.

· Avoid using Wi-Fi. Only use Wi-Fi that is manually configured with a hidden SSID and Mac Addressing linking your phone to it. Outside of this, leave Wi-Fi OFF completely.

· Unless you absolutely must use Bluetooth – disable it

· Ensure that Kaspersky or Bitdefender are loaded on your device.

· Make sure that your handset is configured to automatically update your operating system – security vulnerabilities are exposed regularly and fixed. You need them!

For a wide range of digital forensics services including fraud investigations, CFE in South Africa, cellular forensics, service of summons, penetration testing, data recovery and so much more - give us a call now on 087 001 0523 / 021 110 0422 or email For more information visit our website here...