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iOS Forensics Cookbook

By : Bhanu Birani, Mayank Birani
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iOS Forensics Cookbook

By: Bhanu Birani, Mayank Birani

Overview of this book

Mobile device forensics is a branch of digital forensics that involves the recovery of evidence or data in a digital format from a device without affecting its integrity. With the growing popularity of iOS-based Apple devices, iOS forensics has developed immense importance. To cater to the need, this book deals with tasks such as the encryption and decryption of files, various ways to integrate techniques withsocial media, and ways to grab the user events and actions on the iOS app. Using practical examples, we’ll start with the analysis keychain and raw disk decryption, social media integration, and getting accustomed to analytics tools. You’ll also learn how to distribute the iOS apps without releasing them to Apple’s App Store. Moving on, the book covers test flights and hockey app integration, the crash reporting system, recovery tools, and their features. By the end of the book, using the aforementioned techniques, you will be able to successfully analyze iOS-based devices forensically.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Recovering backups

The backup format for Apple devices is a bit different from other devices. To back up our Apple device we need to have iTunes installed on our computer and we can also take a backup on iCloud. This backup analytics is available from iOS 5 onwards.

How to do it...

Let's discuss how to take a backup on iTunes, and on iCloud as well.

iCloud backup:

iCloud is a kind of virtual data storage on the Internet. To store anything on iCloud, the user needs to register with an Apple account. On iCloud, the user can keep a backup of their photos, application data, contacts, messages, e-mail, and so on. To use the iCloud storage, the user needs to connect with the Internet. iCloud services don't depend on computers to store their data. It is a kind of computer-free backup solution. iCloud data can be managed and accessed by any of the Apple devices—iPhone, iPad, iPod, and computers as well. The user just needs to login with his Apple account credentials. iCloud allows a user to store...