Houston Computer Forensics Firm Launches Partnership with Private Investigator to Uncover ‘Infidelity Secrets’ for Clients Facing Divorce
HOUSTON, December 4, 2007 – A Houston computer forensics firm has joined forces with noted private investigator Otis Owens to help desperate married clients find an answer to the painful question:
“Is my husband (or wife) having an affair?”
The new alliance between Owens and eDiscovery Forensics, Inc., “allows us to better service people who are going through the agony of a divorce,” says eDiscovery co-owner Gary Huestis. “We get to the truth by using the 21st century science of computer forensics – the recovery of deleted, damaged and otherwise hidden computer information,” says Huestis.
“This is the kind of intelligence spouses want and need to know when they suspect a mate is unfaithful or is hiding financial resources because a divorce is in the picture.”
When a wife or husband hires a private investigator because they fear a spouse is hiding something because a divorce is imminent, says Huestis, “one of the first places that detective turns is to forensic computer specialists like us.”
While men and women going through a divorce frequently seek his help, Huestis says he doesn’t pretend to be a marriage counselor, family therapist or clinical psychologist. “Far from it,” he laughs. “Our specialty is analyzing an unfaithful spouse’s web surfing habits, instant messages and email. Our forensic investigations reveal every word, right down to the smiley face at the end of a sentence.” Huestis says he puts forensic computer skills to work to unravel illicit marital secrets hiding in:
• Email messages and attachments
• Computer files that have been deliberately deleted or damaged
• Websites visited
• Images and photographs
• Encrypted and password-protected files and folders
• Log files, temp files and other easily overlooked locations on a computer’s hard drive
Huestis uses special proprietary software to analyze computer hardware, including:
• Cell phones
• Digital cameras and their media
“Infidelity, adultery and cheating is not new to the 21st century,” says the Houston forensic computer expert. “Neither is hiring a private investigator to search out the facts about a husband’s or wife’s relationship with members of the opposite sex. But hiring a forensic computer expert is a new wrinkle in the unpleasant reality of getting to the truth of a spouse’s deceit,” he says. “Companies like ours are needed because today, almost everyone – including couples involved in illicit affairs – communicates through some kind of computer. In most cases, if a man or woman is being unfaithful, there is evidence of that unfaithful behavior on a laptop, desktop or cell phone.”
“People get in a hurry and forget that computers leave tracks,” says Huestis. “Big tracks. They may think they’ve deleted all those emails about the southwest Houston hotel that is their special hideaway, or the strategies they’ve shared with their lover about not getting caught, but forensic computer experts and private investigators know the evidence is usually still present.”
Regular emailing and instant messaging about how an adulterous couple feels about each other is often easily resurrected, says Huestis – even from their spouses mobile phone or other wireless handheld devices. “Even if the files have been deleted and the hard drive has been reformatted we can still recover the data. The truth is hard to erase.
For more information about eDiscovery Forensics, Inc., and the services offered through the company’s Houston and Austin offices, visit www.ediscoveryforensics.com or call Gary Huestis for a free, private consultation at (832) 230-2851.
About Gary Huestis, EnCE –
Gary Huestis is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), the most recognized certification a forensic computer specialist can earn. Only a handful of forensic computer specialists live and work in Houston. According to Guidance Software, the world leader in computer investigative software for the law enforcement community, fewer than 1,000 computer specialists worldwide have earned the specialized EnCE certification. Huestis began his computer career in 1988, as a systems engineer for Houston computer giant Compaq Computer Corporation. There, he was responsible for configuring, testing and debugging hardware and software before it was shipped to retailers. After a company restructuring in 2000, Huestis turned his part-time job as an IT entrepreneur into a fulltime career as owner of Houston Computing Services, a company he founded in 1995. He owns eDiscovery Forensics, Inc., with Austin IT computer professional Joe Gandall, ACE.
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