X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves

Robbie Binnie, Colin McLean, Amar Seeam, Xavier Bellekens

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In 2014 over 70% of people in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day. This resource is an optimal vector for malicious attackers to penetrate home computers and as such compromised pages have been increasing in both number and complexity. This paper presents X-Secure, a novel browser plug-in designed to present and raise the awareness of inexperienced users by analysing web-pages before malicious scripts are executed by the host computer. X-Secure was able to detect over 90% of the tested attacks and provides a danger level based on cumulative analysis of the source code, the URL, and the remote server, by using a set of heuristics, hence increasing the situational awareness of users browsing the internet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech)
PublisherIEEE
ISBN (Print)9781509007066
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies - Balaclava, Mauritius
Duration: 3 Jul 20166 Aug 2016

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Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies
Abbreviated titleEmergiTech 2016
CountryMauritius
CityBalaclava
Period3/07/166/08/16

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Binnie, R., McLean, C., Seeam, A., & Bellekens, X. (2016). X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech) IEEE . https://doi.org/10.1109/EmergiTech.2016.7737330
Binnie, Robbie ; McLean, Colin ; Seeam, Amar ; Bellekens, Xavier. / X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech). IEEE , 2016.
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Binnie, R, McLean, C, Seeam, A & Bellekens, X 2016, X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. in 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech). IEEE , 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies , Balaclava, Mauritius, 3/07/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/EmergiTech.2016.7737330

X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. / Binnie, Robbie; McLean, Colin; Seeam, Amar; Bellekens, Xavier.

2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech). IEEE , 2016.

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Binnie R, McLean C, Seeam A, Bellekens X. X-Secure: protecting users from big bad wolves. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (EmergiTech). IEEE . 2016 https://doi.org/10.1109/EmergiTech.2016.7737330