Securacy: An empirical investigation of android applications' network usage, privacy and security

Denzil Ferreira, Vassilis Kostakos, Alastair R. Beresford, Janne Lindqvist, Anind K. Dey

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Abstrakti

Smartphone users do not fully know what their apps do. For example, an applications' network usage and underlying security configuration is invisible to users. In this paper we introduce Securacy, a mobile app that explores users' privacy and security concerns with Android apps. Securacy takes a reactive, personalized approach, highlighting app permission settings that the user has previously stated are concerning, and provides feedback on the use of secure and insecure network communication for each app. We began our design of Securacy by conducting a literature review and in-depth interviews with 30 participants to understand their concerns. We used this knowledge to build Securacy and evaluated its use by another set of 218 anonymous participants who installed the application from the Google Play store. Our results show that access to address book information is by far the biggest privacy concern. Over half (56.4%) of the connections made by apps are insecure, and the destination of the majority of network traffic is North America, regardless of the location of the user. Our app provides unprecedented insight into Android applications' communications behavior globally, indicating that the majority of apps currently use insecure network connections.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoProceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2015
KustantajaACM
ISBN (elektroninen)9781450336239
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 22 kesäkuuta 2015
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaACM CONFERENCE ON SECURITY AND PRIVACY IN WIRELESS AND MOBILE NETWORKS - Hamburg, Saksa
Kesto: 15 kesäkuuta 201117 kesäkuuta 2011
Konferenssinumero: 1

Julkaisusarja

NimiProceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2015

Conference

ConferenceACM CONFERENCE ON SECURITY AND PRIVACY IN WIRELESS AND MOBILE NETWORKS
LyhennettäWiSec
MaaSaksa
KaupunkiHamburg
Ajanjakso15/06/201117/06/2011

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