How police can find your deleted text messages

Yea, the whole password and security lock is to keep your friends and family out of. I think we can all agree that doesn’t apply to law officials, especially those with tech

LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) — Think that a secure password and erasing your phone’s memory will protect sensitive information on your smartphone? Think again.

Smartphone forensics experts can retrieve just about anything from any phone. Police will often seize and analyze phones for evidence of things such as indecent photos and videos, what calls were placed when and to whom, browser history, calendar events and explanations of a suicide or murder.

All of that can be uncovered whether or not a user deleted it from their phone.

“It makes it much, much harder, but wiping a phone doesn’t always mean you can’t get the data,” said Courtney Lancaster, forensic analyst with IT consulting company TCS, at the CTIA wireless industry trade show in Las Vegas.

Forensic analysts have dozens of tools that allow them to access many layers of data on a device.

A so-called “physical” analysis can typically retrieve deleted…

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