Guess I'm not the only one with a Kindle...

Looks like more Kindle readers than paperback readers.   Then again, it's easier to have the Kindle at your desk than a stack of books when you are fighting through hex, decoding registry values, and spilling coffee on the desk.

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Direct link to order the Kindle:  X-Ways Guide - Kindle


Direct link to order the old fashioned book:  X-Ways Guide - Book

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The X-Ways Forensics Practitioners Guide is available in Kindle!

It certainly feels like a long time has passed, but the time is finally here, at least for the Kindle. Order through Amazon and you can have the book on your Kindle in less than a minute. 

Although it feels like it took a long time (at least for me), Eric and I finished the book 6 months ahead of schedule.  If you don't have a Kindle, you can at least read the Introduction through the link below.  We hope (and know) this guide will be your best friend to your XWF dongle.

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Last day for the 40% discount on the XWF Guide!

This is one of those times that procrastinating will cost you money....

 

What will you tell yourself when you have to spend twice as much for the XWF Guide after tomorrow?

 

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780124116054&_requestid=665676

 

 

And shipping is free?  Wow.  Doesn't get much better than that. 

 

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40% Discount off the X-Ways Forensics Practitioner's Guide

The 30% has been updated to 40%!

From Syngress:

“Now through August 15th, Elsevier is offering 40% off all their books, including X-Ways Forensics Practitioners Guide (use this link: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780124116054&_requestid=665676). No promo code needed. Just follow the link, add to your cart and save big”

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A few more days...


Click to order your copy!


Word from the publisher:


book is going to print in a few days.


One of the benefits of this book is that it shows you how to use X-Ways in your cases, by practically showing which buttons to push to get what you need quickly,

The other aspects of the book show how X-Ways works. We show you how you can tweak it do exactly what you want and only what you want at the fastest speed possible.

To everyone who pre-ordered, you helped place the X-Ways Guide at the #7 spot of best sellers on Amazon (under Books > Law > Criminal Law > Forensic Science).


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A great interview with Author Eric Zimmerman.

Hacking Exposed recently interviewed Eric in which he spoke a bit on the XWF Guide and his career.  Eric's experience in forensics shows in the book, which if you haven't heard, should be available on August 2nd.

To make sure you can get a copy without waiting, consider a pre-order at Amazon :)

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X-Ways Forensics is surely taking off as a strong primary tool.  There have been more than a few government and private forensic labs in the world not upgrading their "other" tool in order to migrate to XWF.   This book more than satisfies how to do just that.
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"This book is going to be great!"

"This book is going to be great!  The essential, accessible answer to the impenetrable density of XWF's help file". – Craig Ball

There’s been more than few tweets about having to wait until October, but don’t worry, we are ahead of that schedule.    The most current target date for printing is September 3.

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The book is now in the hands of trusted reviewers and so far, the comments have been really positive.  So much so, that even those who have used XWF for years learned tips and tricks from even the first chapters of the book.

There are a number of XWF users who started from the first versions of XWF and even went to the first XWF courses (back in ’05…).   For these XWF users, the learning curve was short.  New tool, new training by the developer, no problem.  For everyone else purchasing a dongle and trying to maneuver around a program that doesn’t look like any other they use is a different story.  I'm sure 'different' could be replaced with 'frustrating'.

But with this book, new and not-so-new XWF users will have everything needed to use XWF as their primary tool (or even as the secondary tool that always works when the others fail).

Here are some benefits from the book, maybe you fit in one or more of these.

-Non XWF user:  Haven’t tried it, like what I’m using already (even if I complain about it), and don’t have the time to learn a new tool.  I don't even want to learn another tool.  However, since there is so much talk about X-Ways, I’ll try it and check it out.

-New to forensics:  I haven’t got a clue which tool to start with, but XWF sounds like it works and fits my budget!

-Current XWF user:  I have used XWF for years and think I got it down.  Then again, I still don’t use it as a primary tool and wonder how anyone does that.  I can use some tips on how XWF does more because I'm not totally confident in using XWF.

-Forensics instructor:  I spend more time teaching the tool than forensics.  A student guide would save time in the class better spent teaching forensics instead of software use.

-Expert forensics analyst:  I want the most indepth, powerful, fastest, and configurable forensic tool available!

If you have concern that the book will be outdated soon, don't worry.  The material covers the vast majority of XWF features in detail.  Any new item that is added as an update doesn't change the information in the book, it only adds a new capability.  Once you know the tool, the updates that are put out almost monthly are awesome.
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The bar is now closed...

As in, the book is done, no more to add, it's all done.   It's now in the hands of the publisher to proof, print, and distribute.   Accuracy checked by Stefan Fleischmann (developer of X-Ways Forensics),  Tech Edited by Jimmy Weg (an expert X-Ways user and superb tech editor), and written by Eric Zimmerman (who I have found to be a great writer and even better X-Ways master) and myself, this is the book to have.  Refresh what you learned in an X-Ways course or learn by reading.   Having used X-Ways since the first release, this is a book I whole-hardheartedly recommend.

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About those case studies.....

We made a change with the case studies in the book, which some may not like...we didn't do the case studies chapter.

Actually, we spent a lot of time trying to write up case studies, only to find that we were spending more effort and writing on the "how to do forensics' rather than the 'how to use XWF'.   As an example, writing about malware analysis with XWF requires a book by itself.

However, we have managed to provide case flow examples with electronic discovery, consent searches/triage, live response, and a myriad of specific examples of how to use XWF in different situations that can be put to use in just about any type of case.  This is on top of going through XWF with a fine tooth comb explaining every nook and cranny to either use XWF with speed and minimal user intervention (as close to a one button approach possible) through the most granular configuration as you want to have in a forensic application.

The layout and organization is simple, to the point, and the information is easy to find (index, appendix, and lots of screenshots).    It will be a required reference book on your desk if you are a user of X-Ways Forensics, whether you started using XWF from its first release or if your first XWF dongle just arrived yesterday.  For anyone that teaches forensics using XWF, you may want to consider this book as required reading for your students to save you a lot of class time teaching 'how to use XWF' in class in order to focus on teaching forensics.
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Writing is done!

All chapters are done, the writing is over, and the XWF Guide is just a few steps away from being put on paper (proofing, setting, and printing is all that is left).



Having re-read the book, it is something I would have liked to have had when starting to use X-Ways Forensics in the beginning and while using it on cases.
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