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Secure Search

  • Nowadays it is easy to track web users among websites: cookies, web bugs or browser fingerprints are very useful techniques to achieve this. The data collected can be used to derive a specific user profile. This information can be used by third parties to present personalized advertisements while surfing the web. In addition a potential attacker could monitor all web traffic of an user e.g. its search queries. As a conclusion the attacker knows the intentions of the web user and of the company he is working for. As competitors maybe very interested in such information, this could lead to a new form of industrial espionage. In this paper I present some of the techniques commonly used. I illustrate some problems caused by the usage of insecure transmission lines and compromised search engines. Some camouflage techniques presented may help to protect the web users identity. This paper is a based on the lecture "Secure Systems" teached by Professor Walter Kriha at the Media University (HdM) Stuttgart.

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Author:Michael Raith
Document Type:Study Thesis
Date of Publication (online):2012/11/05
Publishing Institution:Hochschule der Medien
Release Date:2012/11/05
GND Keyword:secure search; search engine; client tracking; browser; cookies; web bug; geotargeting; IPv6; fingerprint; SSL; secure sockets layer; TLS; transport l
Institutes:FB 1: Druck und Medien / Computer Science and Media (Master)
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft / 004 Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung