An Analysis of the Privacy and Security Risks of Android VPN Permission-enabled Apps

  title={An Analysis of the Privacy and Security Risks of Android VPN Permission-enabled Apps},
  author={Muhammad Ikram and N. Vallina-Rodriguez and Suranga Seneviratne and Mohamed Ali K{\^a}afar and V. Paxson},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2016 Internet Measurement Conference},
  • Muhammad Ikram, N. Vallina-Rodriguez, +2 authors V. Paxson
  • Published 2016
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 2016 Internet Measurement Conference
  • 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 mobile traffic. In this paper we provide a first comprehensive analysis of 283 Android apps that use the Android VPN permission, which we… CONTINUE READING

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