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PrivacyGuard: A VPN-based Platform to Detect Information Leakage on Android Devices

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PrivacyGuard: A VPN-based Platform to Detect Information Leakage on Android Devices
More and more people rely on mobile devices to access the Internet, which also increases the amount of private information that can be gathered from people’s devices. Although today’s smartphone operating systems are trying to provide a secure environment, they fail to provide users with adequate control over and visibility into how third-party applications use their private data. Whereas there are a few tools that alert users when applications leak private information, these tools are often hard to use by the average user or have other problems. To address these problems, we present PrivacyGuard, an open-source VPN-based platform for intercepting the network traffic of applications. PrivacyGuard requires neither root permissions nor any knowledge about VPN technology from its users. PrivacyGuard does not significantly increase the trusted computing base since PrivacyGuard runs in its entirety on the local device and traffic is not routed through a remote VPN server. We implement...
Yihang Song, Urs Hengartner
Added 17 Apr 2016
Updated 17 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2015
Where CCS
Authors Yihang Song, Urs Hengartner
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