Device Seizure v3.3
Strengths: Very user friendly. Good acquisition of deleted data and entire mobile device backups that maintain data integrity
Weaknesses: Nothing that we could find
Verdict: For the price, Device Seizure v3.3 is the best mobile phone forensics software money can buy. We award it our Best Buy
Paraben's Device Seizure v3.3 is the latest version of its critically acclaimed mobile device forensic software, allowing for the acquisition and analysis of over 2,000 supported mobile phones, PDAs and GPS devices. Not only does it feature standard data acquisition, but also allows for the collection of deleted data, a necessity in the forensic world.
The installation of the software is user friendly, with a straightforward process and in minutes we were up and running. It seemed that the program was designed with new users in mind, as the navigation and setup for data acquisition was a breeze.
From a performance perspective, Paraben delivers an outstanding suite that continues its lineage as a leader in mobile device forensics software. We tested a couple different styles of mobile phones during our trial, including the newest version of the iPhone. We took a full backup of an 8GB iPhone in just a few hours and were able to search through dozens of deleted files including images, calls, GPS data (recently visited destinations, places of interest, etc) and text messages.
Generating forensic reports was simple and took just a few minutes. We were very impressed with its built-in search function that made locating pieces of valuable information from our mobile phone backups easy.
All of the help files are electronic and can be found within the program. These were very thorough in explaining the features and data acquisition functions of the program. They also provided step-by-step data acquisition instructions for a number of the supported mobile devices. If a question could not be answered within the text, links were provided to online sources that nine times out of ten answered our questions.
Basic support is offered at no cost by phone, email and a website-based ticketing system. Additional support can be purchased for a yearly fee.* From our experience, support from the vendor was handled in a timely manner and was very specific and helpful.
Paraben's Device Seizure is an excellent user-friendly mobile phone forensics product. We rate it our Best Buy.
*In the US. Contact regional offices for local support details.