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A look into the information your smartphone leaks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francisco Aparicio NavarroORCiD, Professor Jonathon Chambers



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by IEEE, 2017.

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Some smartphone applications (apps) pose a risk to users’ personal information. Events of apps leaking information stored in smartphones illustrate the danger that they present. In this paper, we investigate the amount of personal information leaked during the installation and use of apps when accessing the Internet. We have opted for the implementation of a Man-in-the-Middle proxy to intercept the network traffic generated by 20 popular free apps installed on different smartphones of distinctive vendors. This work describes the technical considerations and requirements for the deployment of the monitoring WiFi network employed during the conducted experiments. The presented results show that numerous mobile and personal unique identifiers, along with personal information are leaked by several of the evaluated apps, commonly during the installation process.

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Author(s): Chadza TA, Aparicio-Navarro FJ, Kyriakopoulos KG, Chambers JA

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2017 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC)

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 19/10/2017

Acceptance date: 26/03/2017

Date deposited: 27/11/2017

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ISNCC.2017.8072022

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ISBN: 9781509042609