One of the most useful and versatile applications when it comes to Internet communication. In this blog, I will explore the capability of this tool to convert .ics files, that is the only format that Google Calendar exports.
I also created a video to accommodate this blog post: http://youtu.be/WbBRhP6VXbs
So, in order to follow this process, you need to download and install Thunderbird, https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/download.
Login to your Google Calendar and create a new calendar.
Add new schedules to the new calendar and export the calendar as an .ics file. Notice in the exported .ics file below the date and time stamps are not very user friendly to read, so it might need to be manually converted to make sense to non-technical professionals. On the other hand, the HTML and CSV exported files below show the date and time stamps displayed in user friendly format that is easy to report and charted for easy interpretation without any manual conversion or risk of human error.
Import the .ics file into Thunderbird's Lightning add-on, that adds the calendar feature to Thunderbird.
Export the calendar as .ics, .html, or .csv format.
The HTML document can be directly used as a report, but the CSV format gives more flexibility to analyze the data or create chart to show clear patterns of events.
Thus, digital forensics is about pattern recognition, but pattern can not emerge in some cases in its native format. So, we need to focus on software capability to import certain file types and explore applications capability to export the data into different format that can aid our analysis and help identify patterns to solve cases.