Suranga Seneviratne

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Third party apps are an integral component of the smartphone ecosystem. In this paper, we investigate how user traits can be inferred by observing only a single snapshot of installed apps. Using supervised learning methods and minimal external information we show that user traits such as religion, relationship status, spoken languages, countries of(More)
In this paper, we highlight a potential privacy threat in the current smartphone platforms, which allows any third party to collect a snapshot of installed applications without the user's consent. This can be exploited by third parties to infer various user attributes similar to what is done through tracking. We show that using only installed apps, user's(More)
Smartphones and WiFi networks are becoming pervasive. As a result, new applications and services are being offered to smartphone users through WiFi networks. Some of the more novel applications provide data services to pedestrians as they move through WiFi coverage areas in public loca- tions such as railway stations. One significant factor that will(More)
Wearable smart devices are already amongst us. Currently, smartwatches are one of the key drivers of the wearable technology and are being used by a large population of consumers. This paper takes a first look at this increasingly popular technology with a systematic characterization of the smartwatch app markets. We conduct a large scale analysis of three(More)
Increased popularity of smartphones has attracted a large number of developers to various smartphone platforms. As a result, app markets are also populated with spam apps, which reduce the users' quality of experience and increase the workload of app market operators. Apps can be "spammy" in multiple ways including not having a specific functionality,(More)
Smartphone usage is tightly coupled with the use of apps that can be either free or paid. Numerous studies have investigated the tracking libraries associated with free apps. Only a limited number of these have focused on paid apps. As expected, these investigations indicate that tracking is happening to a lesser extent in paid apps, yet there is no(More)
Millions of users worldwide resort to mobile VPN clients to either circumvent censorship or to access geo-blocked content, and more generally for privacy and security purposes. In practice, however, users have little if any guarantees about the corresponding security and privacy settings, and perhaps no practical knowledge about the entities accessing their(More)
Mobile in-app ads are the major funding source for free mobile apps which users download from various app markets and install in their smartphones. However, a number researchers have recently pointed out that ad-supported free apps involve hidden costs to the users. Costs are primarily associated with the loss of privacy due to personal data collection,(More)
Location-based social discovery networks (LBSD) is an emerging category of location-based social networks (LBSN) that are specifically designed to enable users to discover and communicate with nearby people. In this paper, we present the first measurement study of the characteristics and evolution of location-based communities which are based on a social(More)
WiFi networks are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. In addition to providing network connectivity, WiFi finds applications in areas such as indoor and outdoor localisation, home automation, and physical analytics. In this paper, we explore the semantics of one key attribute of a WiFi network, SSID name. Using a dataset of approximately 120,000 WiFi access(More)