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An Analysis of Tracking Service Settings in Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 Smartphones

Rahulamathavan, Y., Moonsamy, V., Batten, L. , Shunliang, S. & Rajarajan, M. (2014). An Analysis of Tracking Service Settings in Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 Smartphones. In: Information Security and Privacy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 14 (8544). (pp. 430-437). Springer.


The use of tracking settings in smartphones facilitates the provision of tailored services to users by allowing service providers access to unique identifiers stored on the smartphones. In this paper, we investigate the `tracking of' settings on the Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. To determine if they work as claimed, we set up a test bed suitable for both operating systems to capture traffic between the smartphone and external servers. We dynamically execute a set of similar Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 applications, downloaded from their respective official markets. Our results indicate that even if users turn of tracking settings in their smartphones, some applications leak unique identifiers without their knowledge.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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