Demystifying Base64: A Detailed Beginner's Guide to Encoding and Decoding

  • Tuesday, 13 Aug 2024 1:00PM EDT (13 Aug 2024 17:00 UTC)
  • Speaker: Kathryn Hedley

Part 6 of 6

Those bizarre strings of letters and numbers you encounter during investigations? They might just be Base64 in disguise! This in-depth workshop is your chance to crack the code and unlock the secrets of Base64 through hands-on exercises, to learn how data – from text and images to crucial evidence – is encoded and decoded using this format. Gain the skills to transform this digital camouflage and reveal the hidden information beneath. Demystifying Base64 equips you not only to navigate investigations more efficiently but also to understand its broader applications in secure communication and web development.

Background Information

This hands-on series cracks the code on digital evidence. Designed for beginners, you'll unlock the secrets hidden within devices, from understanding data storage to interpreting timestamps. Learn to extract critical evidence, navigate forensic images, and convert between data formats. Whether you're in law enforcement, IT security, or simply curious about the digital world, this series empowers you to become a digital detective.

Register for all parts in the series:

Part 1: Demystifying Data: Hands-on Data Conversion Between Binary, Hexadecimal, Decimal, and ASCII

Part 2: Beyond File Names: Decoding the Secrets of Files with Signatures & Metadata

Part 3: Data Carving: Recovering Hidden Files from Digital Graveyards

Part 4: Decoding Time: Understanding Endianness and Timestamp Formats

Part 5: Hands-on Digital Forensics: Exploring Evidence with Mounted Images