Social networking sites are huge. Facebook has more than 500 million active users, Twitter has more than 200 million users posting more than 70 million tweets a day. There's a huge amount of information about users personal life's being posted every day and this information can be very valuable to forensic investigators. It may contain incriminating information or it may help guide an ongoing investigation. Social Agent quickly and easily shows much of this information about a users social network activity.
Data posted on social network sites both by suspects and victims can provide a view into their personal life and activities. Information posted by the user can be just as helpful for forensic purposes as it can for the companies that data mine this wealth of info.
SubRosaSoft.com Inc.'s MacForensicsLab Social Agent finds information from social networking sites including; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Image Search, Blogger, Friendster, and Meetup. These popular sites are used daily by the vast majority of online users.
Social Agent searches cached Apple Safari information on the Mac for social network activity and quickly makes this information available to the investigator. Social Agent allows the user to select which social networks they would like to search for and quickly returns screen shots of the social network activity along with detailed hash reporting showing both the original and destination location of the images.
More than 75% of teens have social network accounts meaning they outnumber adults on the same sites more than 2 to 1. Teens are also more open to posting personal information online without fear of the dangers to themselves in making this information available.