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

D Ferreira, V Kostakos, A Beresford, J Lindqvist, A Dey

Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Security & Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks - WiSec '15 | Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) | Published : 2015

Abstract

© 2015 ACM. 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 Secu..

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