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Authors: Heider Wahsheh and Flaminia Luccio

Affiliation: University Ca’ Foscari, Venice and Italy

Keyword(s): QR Codes, Barcode Scanners, Android Security, QR Code Security, QR Code Privacy.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Information and Systems Security ; Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Abstract: The widespread of smartphones with advanced capabilities has motivated developers to design new mobile applications that are used as barcode scanners. Although several barcode readers are available, they still have security and privacy limitations. In this paper, we first present a comprehensive and systematic review of barcode reader applications by analyzing their security, privacy and usability features. We categorize these apps into four groups depending on their properties: URLs security, Crypto-based security, Popular applications, and Save-privacy. We also highlight their weaknesses and present design recommendations for usable, secure and privacy-guaranteed scanner applications. Based on our recommendations, we have developed BarSec Driod a proof-of-concept secure barcode reader Android app that exploits some features of other applications and at the same time overcomes their limitations. We have performed a user usability and security survey, on BarSec Driod and two other po pular QR code readers, KasperSky and QR Droid Private. The results show that BarSec Driod is easy to use, satisfies the expectations of the users and is secure. Moreover, we have observed that following the design tips, user’s security awareness and usability increase. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Wahsheh, H. and Luccio, F. (2019). Evaluating Security, Privacy and Usability Features of QR Code Readers. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - ICISSP, ISBN 978-989-758-359-9; ISSN 2184-4356, pages 266-273. DOI: 10.5220/0007346202660273

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author={Heider Wahsheh. and Flaminia Luccio.},
title={Evaluating Security, Privacy and Usability Features of QR Code Readers},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - ICISSP,},
year={2019},
pages={266-273},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007346202660273},
isbn={978-989-758-359-9},
issn={2184-4356},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy - ICISSP,
TI - Evaluating Security, Privacy and Usability Features of QR Code Readers
SN - 978-989-758-359-9
IS - 2184-4356
AU - Wahsheh, H.
AU - Luccio, F.
PY - 2019
SP - 266
EP - 273
DO - 10.5220/0007346202660273

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