“Practical Mobile Forensics” by Satish Bommisetty, Rohit Tamma, and Heather Mahalik is a great book for both the individual looking to learn more about Mobile Forensics and those looking for a good smartphone reference book.
The book covers mobile forensics on Apple iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices. With the majority of emphasis spent on Apple and Android based product.
In “Practical Mobile Forensics” you will find extensive information on Apple and Android devices including models, features, architecture layout and security.
It covers multiple tools (commercial and open source) to obtain, decrypt, and analyze smartphones including recovering deleted files, contacts, messages and other data.
I am pretty familiar with the Android platform, so the book was a good refresher course on how to connect to and recover data from an Android Device. Though, as I am not as familiar with the iPhone platform, I found the book a great learning tool about Apple mobile devices and how they function and store data.
I did enjoy too that the author not only covered commercial/ law enforcement recovery tools, but also included numerous step-by-step tutorials in performing many of the same functions with open source utilities. The tutorials were easy to follow and the book was full of reference links to find out more information on the tools and technology behind mobile devices.
Though written from a legal forensics/ law enforcement point of view, security individuals will also find this book a good reference guide for mobile devices.
I highly recommend this book.