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Digital forensic artifacts of the Your Phone application in Windows 10

Domingues, P. ; Frade, M. F. ; Andrade, L. ; Silva, J.

Digital Investigation Vol. 30, Nº 1, pp. 32 - 42, September, 2019.

ISSN (print): 1742-2876
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Journal Impact Factor: 1,660 (in )

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.diin.2019.06.003

Abstract
Your Phone is a Microsoft system that comprises two applications: a smartphone app for Android 7 + smartphones and a desktop application for Windows 10/18.03+. It allows users to access their most recent smartphone-stored photos/screenshots and send/receive short message service (SMS) and multimedia messaging service (MMS) within their Your Phone-linked Windows 10 personal computers. In this paper, we analyze the digital forensic artifacts created at Windows 10 personal computers whose users have the Your Phone system installed and activated. Our results show that besides the most recent 25 photos/screenshots and the content of the last 30-day of sent/received SMS/MMS, the contact database of the linked smartphone(s) is available in a accessible SQLite3 database kept at the Windows 10 system. This way, when the linked smartphone cannot be forensically analyzed, data gathered through the Your Phone artifacts may constitute a valuable digital forensic asset. Furthermore, to explore and export the main data of the Your Phone database as well as recoverable deleted data, a set of python scripts – Your Phone Analyzer (YPA) – is presented. YPA is available wrapped within an Autopsy module to assist digital practitioners to extract the main artifacts from the Your Phone system.