An analysis of security features on web browsers

Siddhartha Sengupta, Joon S Park

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Abstract

Today, while Web browsers are widely used to access the Internet resources, there are constant attempts to find exploits and vulnerabilities that can compromise the user’s security and privacy. In this paper, we analyze the security features provided by the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, with our hands-on experiments and discuss how these features can enhance the security and privacy for users. We identify and analyze the security features in the browsers, considering the concept of sandbox isolation, plug-ins, password storage/synchronization, Google Safe Browsing, private browsing, cookie management, and other security/privacy related features. We believe our work will help users to choose a right browser for their purposes as well as protect their sensitive data and personal information on the Web. Furthermore, our findings and comparison will help the browser developers to improve the quality and security of their future products and services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2019
EditorsTiago Cruz, Paulo Simoes
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Pages436-443
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764280
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2019 - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: Jul 4 2019Jul 5 2019

Publication series

NameEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS
Volume2019-July
ISSN (Print)2048-8602
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8610

Conference

Conference18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2019
CountryPortugal
CityCoimbra
Period7/4/197/5/19

Keywords

  • Browser vulnerability
  • Internet security
  • Privacy protection
  • Web browser security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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