SafeSlinger: An Easy-to-Use and Secure Approach for Human Trust Establishment

Users regularly experience a crisis of confidence on the Internet. Is that email or instant message truly originating from the claimed individual? Such doubts are commonly resolved through a leap of faith, expressing the desperation of users. To establish a secure basis for Internet communication, the authors propose SafeSlinger, a system leveraging the proliferation of smartphones to enable people to securely and privately exchange their public keys. Through the exchanged authentic public key, SafeSlinger establishes a secure channel offering secrecy and authenticity, which they use to support secure messaging and file exchange. Essentially, they support an abstraction to safely "Sling" information from one device to another.

Provided by: Carnegie Mellon University Topic: Security Date Added: Apr 2012 Format: PDF

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