Total Recoll: Conducting Investigations without Missing a Thing 

Dakota Nelson

Recoll is a free and open source desktop tool which allows you to search through any arbitrary documents - but it can do more. By using the Recoll web indexer, you can automatically save a copy of any web sites you visit, and search them as well. This combination makes Recoll a great “capture and search” tool for investigators.

This talk will demonstrate what Recoll can do for you using two case studies - searching through a trove of leaked NSA documents and conducting an OSINT investigation online.

Dakota Nelson (@jerkota)
I’ve previously spoken at BSides Las Vegas, SOURCE Boston (x2), SOURCE Seattle, and some other smaller gatherings.
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