Houston, Texas (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
Channel 11, KHOU in Houston, Texas originally ran the story in relation to the scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus, which has put cheating back in the spotlight, and these days, technology is making it tough for spouses to hide an affair.
Gary Huestis is not your average private investigator. Sure, cheaters are his prey. However, electronic devices with data storage are his targets. Smartphones store more and more data (think of all those song downloads) which can be great, but with more storage, the device can also be your worst enemy if you have something to hide.
Emails revealed Petraeus, who resigned as director of the CIA on Nov. 9, had an affair with his biographer. Just because the email or text message is deleted, does not mean that the original cannot be "recovered." Typically, the contents of deleted files are not removed immediately from the drive; instead, references to them in the directory structure are removed, and the space they occupy is made available for later overwriting. In the meantime, the original file contents remain, often in a number of disconnected fragments, and may be recoverable with the right tools.
More often, Huestis, who manages E-Investigations in Houston, catches cheaters using Smartphones. "Most people think that if they erase a text or email from their phone it's gone. But with Smartphones, the device just moves that data to a separate part of the phone, making it easier to recover that data from old "flip" phones." said Huestis in the interview.
“(We’ve had people) sending text messages and sometimes using a fake name changing the gender of the name and then deleting them on top of that,” Huestis said.
That is because forensic investigators like Huestis are able to use devices to recover deleted texts, pictures, videos and emails. Often, all of it becomes evidence in divorce court. It is also a major reason E Investigations gets 10 calls a day from lawyers and spouses anxious to catch cheaters.