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Inhibiting browser fingerprinting and tracking

Inhibiting browser fingerprinting and tracking
Inhibiting browser fingerprinting and tracking
This paper discusses possible approaches to address the loss of user privacy when browsing the web and being tracked by websites which compute a browser fingerprint identifying the user computer. The key problem is that the current fingerprinting countermeasures are insufficient to prevent fingerprinting tracking and also frequently produce side-effects on the web browser. The advantages and disadvantages of possible countermeasures are discussed in the context of improving resistance against browser fingerprinting. Finally, using a new browser extension is proposed as the best way to inhibit fingerprinting as it could probably inhibit some of the fingerprinting techniques used and also diminish the side-effects on the user browser experience, compared with existing techniques.
Browser Fingerprinting, User Privacy, Web Tracking, Fingerprinting Countermeasure, side-effects
63-68
IEEE
Luangmaneerote, Sakchan
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Zaluska, Edward
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Carr, Leslie
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Luangmaneerote, Sakchan
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Zaluska, Edward
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Carr, Leslie
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Luangmaneerote, Sakchan, Zaluska, Edward and Carr, Leslie (2017) Inhibiting browser fingerprinting and tracking. In 2017 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Big Data Security on Cloud (bigdatasecurity), IEEE International Conference on High Performance and Smart Computing (HPSC), and IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Data and Security (IDS). IEEE. 6 pp, pp. 63-68. (doi:10.1109/BigDataSecurity.2017.40).

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Abstract

This paper discusses possible approaches to address the loss of user privacy when browsing the web and being tracked by websites which compute a browser fingerprint identifying the user computer. The key problem is that the current fingerprinting countermeasures are insufficient to prevent fingerprinting tracking and also frequently produce side-effects on the web browser. The advantages and disadvantages of possible countermeasures are discussed in the context of improving resistance against browser fingerprinting. Finally, using a new browser extension is proposed as the best way to inhibit fingerprinting as it could probably inhibit some of the fingerprinting techniques used and also diminish the side-effects on the user browser experience, compared with existing techniques.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 February 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 July 2017
Published date: 2017
Venue - Dates: IEEE BigDataSecurity/HPSC/IDS 2017, Beijing Shi, China, 2017-05-25 - 2017-05-28
Keywords: Browser Fingerprinting, User Privacy, Web Tracking, Fingerprinting Countermeasure, side-effects
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 408726
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/408726
PURE UUID: 20c040f0-7099-42a4-8d07-7164bdcd01b0
ORCID for Leslie Carr: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-9680

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Date deposited: 27 May 2017 04:02
Last modified: 06 Oct 2018 04:02

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