Join our Combating Data Hiding Techniques webinar (Thu 21 May 2pm BST)


Thanks to those who supported last week’s “Making Sense of Android Encryption” webinar (recorded version available here). We’re keeping the band together and have another show for you.

We will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday May 21st at 2pm British Summer Time entitled:

“Combating Data Hiding Techniques on Mobile Devices”

in which we’ll explore Samsung Secure Folder, Huawei App Lock and Huawei Private Space. We’ll also describe how we supported a law enforcement customer with decrypting data from a 3rd party vault app.

Simply follow the link below to register:

We hope you can join us!

Join our Android Encryption webinar (Thu 7 May 2pm BST)


Last week’s “Cloud Forensics Primer” webinar was very well attended (recorded version available here), and so we’re hosting another next week.

We will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday May 7th at 2pm British Summer Time entitled:

“Making Sense of Android Encryption”

in which we’ll explore Android Full Disk Encryption, the role of Secure start-up, why Android FDE more challenging than it was than in the “good old days” and how it has evolved into File Based Encryption.

Simply follow the link below to register:

We hope you can join us!

Join our Cloud Forensics webinar (Thu 23 April 2pm BST)

We were delighted with the interest and attendance of our recent webinar “Android Location Services & Adoptable Storage” (recorded version available), and so we’re running another next week.

We will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday April 23rd at 2pm British Summer Time entitled:

“Cloud Forensics Primer”

in which we’ll explore all things cloud forensics – opportunities, what’s going on behind the scenes during a cloud forensics extraction as well as potential obstacles and pitfalls.

Simply follow the link below to register:

We hope you can join us!

Join our Android forensics webinar (Thu 9 April 2pm BST)

Although our classroom might be temporarily closed, we’re working hard to deliver content that our customers and the wider community can access.

We will be hosting a Zoom webinar on Thursday April 9th at 2pm British Summer Time entitled:

“Understanding Android Location Services & Adoptable Storage”

which we hope will allow attendees to examine Android devices safely and more thoroughly.

Simply follow the link below to register:

We hope you can join us!

Successful pilot courses for Mobile Device Repair

With our first Mobile Device Repair training course scheduled to run w/c 11th May 2020, we’re delighted with the smooth running of two back-to-back pilot courses for a law enforcement customer. Over the two courses in Leeds, sixteen delegates learned how to:

  • Troubleshoot damaged devices to identify underlying faults
  • Determine whether a potential repair was possible
  • Investigate and resolve battery and power issues
  • Replace damaged displays and data ports
  • Use a “PCB swap” approach as an alternative to lengthy or risky repairs
  • Keep appropriate records of their analysis and repairs

We were delighted with the feedback from delegates:

  • “The trainers have been very patient and explained everything very clearly, and in a way that was easy to understand. Thank you guys.”
  • “Thanks for another great training course Control-F. You always deliver on quality and interest. Mark & Phil were excellent throughout! “
  • “Thank you very much for the great course, friendliness of trainers, quality of material and equipment.”

We’re busy working on refining techniques for dealing with liquid damaged devices to share with delegates on the 4½ day course in May. Do get in touch if you’d like to check pricing or availability.

Control-F COVID-19 update

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting people and businesses worldwide. Neither Control-F nor its staff are immune to that (although that would be nice) and we thought it would be helpful to explain how the ever-evolving situation is affecting how we serve our customers.

  1. We have postponed some courses which were scheduled for the coming weeks. We hate doing that, but naturally we will follow government advice and can’t help but be affected by travel bans imposed by customer organisations.We will continue to assess the viability of courses scheduled for the coming months and contact booked delegates to keep them informed. To see which courses are affected, please check our Course Schedule page.
  2. As you would expect, our staff are working from home and will be using the opportunity to update our existing materials, write new course content and develop our internal infrastructure. Not only that, family pets are receiving more attention, lunchtime runs are being taken and poached eggs have become a feasible lunch option. Every cloud…

Stay safe, stay in touch and we will look forward to resuming our classroom training in the not too distant future.

Giving something back

If you’ve attended training at our Wyboston Lakes facilities over recent months you may have noticed our featured charity noticeboard just outside the classroom. Each quarter Control-F makes a donation to a charity selected by a staff member. We try and select smaller charities where our donation might make more of an impact.

This year we have made donations to charities working in the following areas:

We hope that in a small way we can help support and raise the profile of valuable charities that many people will never have heard of.

New Mobile Device Repair training for 2020


Repairing evidential mobile devices has never been more important. Device encryption may hamper physical extraction methods such as chip-off and direct eMMC and therefore it has become increasingly important for digital forensic units to be able to repair evidential exhibits in-house.

We’re delighted to announce details, dates and pricing for our new Mobile Device Repair training course which aims to teach delegates how to troubleshoot damaged devices and then repair them in a time and cost-effective manner.

Full details including dates, pricing and our course flyer can be found on our website here.

Recovering “boot looping” Samsung devices

Are you experiencing issues with Samsung devices becoming stuck in a “boot loop” and never progressing past the Samsung logo when starting up?

Commercial forensic tools sometimes experience problems when attempting to perform lock bypass and/or physical extractions of Samsung devices and these issues can result in the examiner being unable to boot the device normally.

Help is at hand!

As part of our Defeating Android Locks & Encryption course we teach students how to recover from boot loops and return devices to their correct operation.

Not only that, we teach delegates how to bypass lock screens on a wide range of recent Samsung models without the need for commercial forensic tools.

Contact us to check availability and pricing.

Extra Foundation in Mobile Phone Forensics course date added

Due to increased demand for places, we have added an extra Foundation in Mobile Phone Forensics course into our schedule, running 18-22 March. This 4½ day course is designed for staff starting out in mobile device forensics and prepares them for undertaking evidential casework.
In the words of two delegates from our September 2018 course:

  • “Best course I’ve been on in 20 years in the job!”
  • “The trainer was superb, the course was fun, dynamic and interactive.”

Contact us to enquire about availability