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TRAWL: Protection against rogue sites for the masses.

Nisioti, A., Heydari, M., Mylonas, A., Katos, V. and Tafreshi, V.H.F., 2017. TRAWL: Protection against rogue sites for the masses. In: RCIS 2017 : IEEE 11th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, 10-12 May 2017, Brighton, England, 120 - 127.

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DOI: 10.1109/RCIS.2017.7956527


The number of smartphones reached 3.4 billion in the third quarter of 2016 [1]. These devices facilitate our daily lives and have become the primary way of accessing the web. Although all desktop browsers filter rogue websites, their mobile counterparts often do not filter them at all, exposing their users to websites serving malware or hosting phishing attacks. In this paper we revisit the anti-phishing filtering mechanism which is offered in the most popular web browsers of Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Our results show that mobile users are still unprotected against phishing attacks, as most of the browsers are unable to filter phishing URLs. Thus, we implement and evaluate TRAWL (TRAnsparent Web protection for alL), as a cost effective security control that provides DNS and URL filtering using several blacklists.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Phishing; Mobile web browsers; Android, iOS; Windows Phone; Smartphone; Security
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29478
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Jul 2017 11:34
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:05


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