Honors Program

University Honors, Honors in Technology

Date of Award

5-2014

Thesis Professor(s)

Michael Lehrfeld

Thesis Professor Department

Computer and Information Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Vijay Bhuse, Karen Korweibel, Christopher Wallace

Abstract

Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are becoming more common, and they are holding more information. This includes private information such as contacts, financial data, and passwords. At the same time these devices have network capability with access to the Internet being a prime feature. Little research has been done in observing the network traffic produced by these mobile devices. To determine if private information was being transmitted without user knowledge, the mobile capture lab and a set of procedures have been created to observe, capture and analyze the network traffic produced by mobile devices. The effectiveness of the lab and procedures has been evaluated with the analysis of four common mobile devices. The data analyzed from the case studies indicates that, contrary to popular opinion, very little private information is transmitted in clear text by mobile devices without the user’s knowledge.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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