I’m sure there are a few more people left to register for the X-Ways Forensics online course (XWF I) with the discount code of “xwf1”. That’s 25% off, plus includes free tuition to the X-Ways Forensics II online course. XWF I is introductory, XWF II is more indepth, quite a bit longer, and will be released in August. XWF III, a shorter course will be released sometime after August.
Everyone registering by midnight tonight (Pacific time) for XWF I, gets access to XWF II and XWF III when published without cost. Otherwise, it’s a separate tuition payment for each course. From July 18, the XWF I is back to $195, XWF II will be $299, and XWF III will be $75. Each class is lifetime access, on demand training, including updates to the courses when XWF is substantially updated (should be a course update once a year).
If you use X-Ways…..you need the X-Ways Guide, no matter how long you have been using X-Ways. When I asked Eric to help me write this book, he ran with it and did a super job of helping create an easy to read guide to using a very powerful forensic tool. I have more than a ton of emails of how the book converted Encase/FTK primary users into XWF primary users.
As for the Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard, that has also helped more than a few examiners close a case with a simple (yet elusive) tip, trick, method, or process that saves hours, if not days, of work. Again, even if you have been doing forensics for a long time, nothing says you can’t learn or relearn something you may not know or have forgotten.
I’m duplicating this post from another blog because this will probably be the coolest book to come out this year in digital forensics and is a must-have. The short version as to why the book is a must-have is “duh, it’s Harlan’s latest book…and Windows 8…”
I also think this is one of those books that if not pre-ordered, will have you waiting until it is reprinted due to being over-ordered. The X-Ways Practitioner’s Guide was one of those books too, where late-comers had to wait weeks for the second printing. This book is no different, because just about all of the neat things in the book show just how much Harlan has discovered in some very neat areas of Windows 8.
One thing I learned about ordering books from Amazon, is that Amazon will pretty much match the lowest price found elsewhere. I also learned that with a pre-ordered book, you can cancel before the book is printed if you find a lower price somewhere else. The point is, pre-order the book or you may be waiting a month after everyone else gets their copy…it comes out in April ’14 and I’d expect the second printing to be needed in April ’14…
Another cool little feature is that the XWFIM creates all the case folders for you in the process of the portable install. Neat.
Don’t forget, if you liked the Practitioner’s Guide to X-Ways Forensics, write a review on Amazon to let us know how you liked it (or if you didn’t…). And if you use XWF and didn’t buy the guide…you are missing out on more than a few tips and tricks that will save you dozens of keystrokes.
I recently finished tech editing a book soon to be published on Cloud Storage Forensics. One of the main tools used was….wait for it…X-Ways Forensics. Without giving anything about the book away, I was really impressed by the level of detail documented on the amount of research conducted in cloud storage forensics.
The book goes to print in January, but available for preorder. I’ll be writing a review of the book once it is made available, but in short, I give it a high grade of technical accuracy and research on the most commonly used cloud storage services and the connected machines. The authors documented testing of various cloud services as if it were scientific examinations (which by the way, digital forensics testing is…) and their methods can be used by anyone as can their results. I’ll give a small tidbit that there are many instances of “holy smokes!” on some of their findings that I have not seen anywhere else.
The authors could have chosen any major forensic tool, but they chose XWF. This is just another example of how X-Ways Forensics is used to validate scientific theories and tests over all others. The reason is simple: XWF works.
This book, along with a few others that I know are coming out fairly soon, should be quick sellouts for the first printing. For anyone that buys books from Amazon, preordering is a good way to go and Amazon price matches books, even after you have already ordered. Just saying…