by Christa Miller, Forensic Focus
Pattern of life analysis isn’t a new concept to anyone who’s ever been involved with intelligence, in particular surveillance. It’s all about the habits that people — suspects, persons of interest, crime victims, or those connected to any of the above — carry out in day-to-day life.
When it comes to digital devices, how users interact with them can tell a very detailed story about any given timeframe. There are two reasons for doing this. One, as Brett Shavers outlined in a blog post last year, is to tie a particular device to a user — more of an issue for a computer or tablet than a smartphone.