If you think your spouse is cheating on you then this might be the self help book you need. Mr. Lucich is a data forensics expert with over 20 years of hard earned experience.

He has worked with different branches of the US government and is recognized as an expert and pioneer in the field. The premise behind Cyber Lies is that living in this wonderful technology rich time the cheating spouse may leave tell tale signs on both the home computer and their cell phone.

This do-it-yourself guide reveals to the reader how even with limited technical ability it is possible to plumb the depths of hard drives and other data storage devices to locate hidden or deleted information.

The instructions are given in an easy to follow step by step technique, but as a writer of computer related books I feel that he could have created a simpler instruction set by including some pictures and diagrams rather than straight text.

It does not matter what branch of forensics you talk about, criminal, financial, or computer, the common theme is to keep the evidence pristine. To modify it in anyway invalidates its usefulness as evidence. Mr. Lucich preaches this throughout the book, however, some of the techniques that he proposes are so prone to ‘accidents’, that I am not sure that I would recommend that the computer novice try them.

There is nothing wrong with deviling around in the Windows profile areas, the cache, maybe even the Windows Registry, but physically removing hard drives to image them may be a little advanced for the person that is a novice. There are many things that can go wrong once you remove a hard drive, and if you are not very careful, instead of leaving no fingerprints, you may well leave lots of big muddy footprints!

On the up side, I did find the Cell Phone information interesting. There is a lot of information that can be gleaned from a Cell Phone if you know where to look. He does a good job of discussing this relatively new forensic area. Although I am not quite sure where the average novice user would find a Faraday Cage to perform part of the data extraction that he details. I am pretty certain that my local Wall Mart does not sell them!

Data forensics is a fascinating subject, and Cyber Lies does a good job of introducing the reader to the subject. If you want to find out for yourself try a few of the instructions contained in the book on your own computer. I am sure that you will be surprised at what you find. Data forensics is also an up and coming industry. This is a book that explains some of the concepts employed in this new science.

Cyber Lies should appeal both to the cheater and the cheated; there is much to learn about the insecurity of your secure computer world. This could be the first book that some households buy two copies of. And both copies will be hid!

Cyber Lies is available through Amazon.

Simon Barrett


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