SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Social networking (SNS) involves computer networks and billions of users who interact for a multiplicity of purposes. The web based services allow people to communicate using many media sources and to build relationship networks that have personalized meanings. Businesses and Governments also exploit the opportunity for economical consumer interaction. With the valued use of SNS services also comes the potential for misuse and legal liability. In this paper three software tools are tested in the laboratory to assess the capability of the tools to extract files from the four most popular web browsers while browsers are being used to surf the three most popular SNS sites, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The results showed that the capability for evidence extraction differed markedly between tools indicating that the use of a particular tool has a material impact if the files are being extracted for evidential purpose.