Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

9-2014

Abstract

Private browsing mode is a privacy feature adopted by many modern computer browsers. With the increased use of mobile devices and escalating privacy concerns for mobile users, browser applications on mobile devices have also started incorporating private browsing mode. Even so, the use of private browsing mode is limited to the browser applications and cannot be applied directly on other third-party mobile applications. In this paper, we propose PrivateDroid, which provides a private browsing mode for third-party applications on the Android platform. First, we discuss three possible approaches of implementing mobile private browsing mode: code instrumentation, an extra sandbox, and a Linux container approach. Then, we implement PrivateDroid, which creates a new sandbox for every application in private mode and destroys the sandbox once the application is closed. After that, we evaluate usability, efficiency and security of the system with 25 popular Android applications. Our design considerations, implementation details, evaluation results, and challenges lay a foundation of private browsing mode on mobile platforms.

Keywords

Mobile Privacy, Private Browsing Mode

Discipline

Information Security

Publication

2014 IEEE 13th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom): Proceedings

First Page

27

Last Page

36

Identifier

10.1109/TrustCom.2014.8

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

NEW YORK

Copyright Owner and License

LARC

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TrustCom.2014.8

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