Most cell phones or data within phones can be encrypted with secure passwords. Locked phones limit the files and tracking apps that can be studied and used as evidence in an investigation. For instance, a suspect may be hiding messages, apps, or contact history that will confirm his/her involvement in a crime. Advanced unlocking tools and software can aid in these situations.
In some cases, phones may be reformatted or valuable data may have been erased to cover a person’s tracks and get rid of condemning evidence. Most of the time, the erased data is no longer visible, but these files would not completely disappear. Technicians that offer cell phone forensics in St. Louis, such as eTech Solutions, can dig into the phone and retrieve salvageable data.