Web Content Authentication

The facts about authenticating your online evidence.

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What do you need for authentication?

  • Digitial Chain of Custody

    The evidence needs to establish that the page depicted was on the web at the stated time or URL. Attorneys should plan to establish a digital chain of custody showing no editing of the web entry occurred.

  • Metadata

    Metadata is “data about data.” This includes information such as the URL, or web address, and the date and time of capture. Metadata is often neglected, overlooked, or contains errors if done manually.

  • Affidavits

    Attorneys must be able to prove that what is presented in court actually was not altered and appeared at the time and at the URL specified. Affidavits are used in such circumstances to back up the integrity of the evidence.

Looks Matter.

An important—and often overlooked—element of authentication is appearance. Does the capture look as the webpage or social media appeared in the browser at the time of the capture?

Page Vault’s captures look just like what you see in the browser, including overlapping sections so you know nothing was missed.

Page Vault Facebook Output with Metadata
Page Vault Output Cover Page with Metadata