20 Years Leading Mobile Forensics

Paraben celebrates 20-years processing mobile devices

Written by Alisha Cales

February 11, 2021

It was 2001 when Amber Schroader CEO of Paraben noticed that people loved their mobile computing PDA devices and realizing this was not just a trend but the future for handheld devices was upon us. The personal data held on these devices could be key for investigations from fraud to homicides they were going to be involved in every aspect of our lives. With no interest in this area by her existing employer, she independently started the research on the processing of mobile devices. Paraben took on the project as a shareware company at the time to expand into the world of mobile forensics.


The hardest part about doing the early PDA devices is you had to work with the touch screen to get them in a mode that data could be downloaded. The science of mobile forensics took on a finesse. The l..2 was the new process to do Palm devices in console mode. We expanded to Windows PDA, and then feature phones and now smartphones. We have had a long journey with mobile devices and the focus has always been on the integrity of the data.

         -Reflected Amber Schroader Founder & CEO

Paraben then released the first extraction tool geared to PDAs called PDA Seizure quickly followed up by Cell Seizure and then the combination of the two tools into Device Seizure for mobiles. The technology focus of mobiles has always been at the Paraben core and despite larger companies coming into the space Paraben has remained true to the core forensic values in providing data. Paraben software is used in all levels of the public sector and private sector as well as in over 40 different universities worldwide to train the up and coming cyber and forensic investigators.

 20 years later Paraben is still providing cutting-edge technology for investigators around the world. We have seen the evolution from PDA, Blackberry, Flip phones to smartphones that now keep track of our daily appointments, where we parked our car, our finances, etc.

I have now personally processed over 5,000 different types of mobile devices and each one has its own issues and adjustments to it. I would never have thought that 20-years later I would still be so fascinated with mobiles and the unique data perspective they offer in an investigation. I am so happy we have been able to support so many different agencies and companies for so long.

         -Stated Amber Schroader Founder & CEO

Paraben offers live demonstrations and fully-functional trials of Paraben’s E3 Platform by reaching out to trial@paraben.com or sales@paraben.com to setup your review of the powerful digital forensic software.

About Paraben Corporation:

Founded in 1999 Paraben has been innovating technology for 20 years. In 2001 Paraben released the first foundation solution for mobile devices, smartphones, email, and gaming system forensics.  Paraben has been forging new approaches for dealing with digital evidence.  Paraben’s focus on mobility led to many other areas of innovation, including the research and development into the Internet of Things (IoT) with the Forensics of EverythingTM (FoE).  Paraben supports logical and physical images with mobile devices and supports 100% of smartphones on the market.  In addition, Paraben can add to an existing arsenal with specialized tools for unique data, such as network email servers, local email archives, internet related data, and gaming systems.  Paraben provides software with a unified vision and interface for dealing with all types of digital data.  From start-to-finish, Paraben offers solutions that can build new capabilities into any digital investigation.

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