Fingerprinting Mobile Devices Using Personalized Configurations

@article{Kurtz2015FingerprintingMD,
  title={Fingerprinting Mobile Devices Using Personalized Configurations},
  author={Andreas Kurtz and Hugo Gascon and Tobias Becker and Konrad Rieck and Felix C. Freiling},
  journal={Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies},
  year={2015},
  volume={2016},
  pages={19 - 4}
}
Abstract Recently, Apple removed access to various device hardware identifiers that were frequently misused by iOS third-party apps to track users. We are, therefore, now studying the extent to which users of smartphones can still be uniquely identified simply through their personalized device configurations. Using Apple’s iOS as an example, we show how a device fingerprint can be computed using 29 different configuration features. These features can be queried from arbitrary thirdparty apps… CONTINUE READING

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