What is Runkeeper?
Runkeeper is a GPS fitness-tracking app launched in 2008 and used by over 50 million people worldwide.
Runkeeper tracks fitness activities such as walking, running, and cycling using the device’s GPS sensor. Users can set goals for themselves, track the progress they are making, overview the taken routes, and see key data about their activity, like distance, speed, calories burnt, and time it took to complete the workout.
Runkeeper also offers “Runkeeper Challenge”, which requires completing defined workouts within the time limit.
Runkeeper was criticized in 2016 for allegedly tracking users’ movements when they were not using the app. This data can then be sold to advertisers to target users on other applications, and Runkeeper is not the only health app that has risen these concerns.
With health apps having the ability to collect data, there is also the opportunity for law enforcement to use this data to help solve cases.
Runkeeper: App Forensics
Data extraction from Runkeeper cloud
Data from Runkeeper application is synchronized with the cloud. To get access to the cloud, investigators need one of the following:
- User’s username + password;
- User’s username + Google password;
- Token formed by authorization via username + password;
- Token from an iOS device
- Token from an Android device.
Please note that credentials and tokens may be imported into Oxygen Forensic® Cloud Extractor from the “Accounts and passwords” of an analyzed device that was previously used to access the Runkeeper app.
As soon as credentials are checked and verified, the data extraction process begins. When it is completed, the data that was extracted from the cloud and can be reviewed from Oxygen Forensic® Detective. With our solution, investigators can get access to the following information, provided that it is present in the cloud:
- General Account Information
- Runkeeper Challenges
- User’s Shoes
Other Health Apps in Oxygen Forensic® Cloud Extractor
In total, six Health&Fitness cloud services are supported in Oxygen Forensic® Cloud Extractor: Runkeeper, MiFit, Apple Health, FitBit, Google Fit, and Samsung Fit.
To filter the list of all available cloud services by Health apps, click on the heart icon below the list of all supported cloud services. To extract data from them, select services of interest, enter the credentials, and click “Next”.
Health apps can provide evidence to law enforcement and help aid in solving a case. This is the reason why Oxygen Forensics continues to innovate our solution to make sure we are providing investigators with the tools to make the world a safer place.