ElcomSoft offers the full range of products for remote acquisition of all major mobile platforms including iOS (through iCloud), Android (through Google Account) and Windows 10/Windows 10 Mobile (via Microsoft Account). Elcomsoft Phone Breaker now enables over-the-air extraction of synchronized data including search and Web browsing history, call logs, and location history. All previously available data such as text messages (SMS) can be also extracted. In addition, it gains support for Microsoft Accounts protected with two-factor authentication.
Information is obtained directly from the user’s Microsoft Account; login, password and access to the secondary authentication factor are mandatory for successful acquisition. Elcomsoft Phone Breaker continues delivering remote acquisition support for legacy devices running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 as well as Windows 8.1 for desktop computers.
Microsoft has dramatically increased the amount of usage and diagnostic information collected in Windows 10. This data, which may include text snippets, app usage data, detailed or approximated location information, and many other types of data are automatically collected and transmitted to Microsoft servers unless the user explicitly opts out.
In addition to this, Microsoft offers its mobile customers who are using Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 10 Mobile an option to automatically back up information to the cloud. Once cloud backups are enabled, Microsoft automatically backs up application data, call logs, text messages and certain other things to the cloud.
Finally, some information is synchronized with the cloud in real-time or close to real-time speed. This includes Web browser history (Edge in Windows 10, Internet Explorer in Windows/Windows Phone 8 and 8.1), Bing search history, location history, as well as notes, calendars, contacts etc.
While this information is available in the user’s Microsoft Account, it is not always easy to access or extract the data. Some types of data (such as location history) only offer a limited number of points when accessed via https://account.microsoft.com/privacy/location
Elcomsoft Phone Breaker offers full access to many types of data collected by Microsoft. The tool retrieves information from all available sources in Microsoft Account including mobile backups (for call logs) and synchronized data (for everything else). As a result, experts can gain access to a comprehensive timeline of user activities consisting of precise locations, call logs and text messages (for users of Windows-powered smartphones), search and browsing history.
What exactly can or cannot be extracted depends on conditions outlined below.
Windows Browsing and Search History
Elcomsoft Phone Breaker extracts Edge browsing history from both desktop and Mobile versions of Windows 10. Edge adoption is growing steadily. It is important to note that ElcomSoft offers tools to extract browsing history from other popular Web browsers such as Chrome and Safari using their respective cloud services.
Search history comes from the Bing engine, and can be extracted from any Web browser if the user has been signed in to their Microsoft Account.
Elcomsoft Phone Breaker can extract call logs from a wide range of cellular-enabled mobile devices running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 as well as Windows 10 Mobile. The call logs are extracted from device cloud backups created in the user’s Microsoft Account.
Microsoft collects location history from all stationary and mobile Windows devices starting with Windows 8.1. In Windows 10, location history is collected by Cortana and Edge browser. Elcomsoft Phone Breaker extracts all available location points reported by all Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile devices, resulting in a significantly more detailed report compared to Microsoft’s own offering.
Text Messages (SMS) and Other Previously Extractable Data
Previous versions of Elcomsoft Phone Breaker were already able to extract certain types of data from the users’ Microsoft Accounts. This included text messages (SMS only), notes, calendar events, contacts and some other information. This functionality is now significantly extended by the addition of new types of data.
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