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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Special-Purpose Personal Devices

Investigators are likely beginning to see that it’s hard to put a label on all the different classes of personal portable devices. Differentiating between what’s a mobile phone and what’s not is even becoming difficult. Certainly, there is a fine line between MIDs, uMIDs, UMPCs, and netbooks. All personal portable devices that are not clearly a mobile phone have been grouped into this section for discussion.

One personal portable device that seems to be in the forefront of investigators’ minds these days is the PND or GPS device. Although not new, the low cost and availability of these devices have caused an explosion in their use.

Fortunately, today’s PNDs almost unilaterally use USB as an interface and are easily ...

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