6 October 2014 LONDON – Have you ever offered to buy medicine or anything online even mentioning your name? That is what they got your information or online activities and marketing for free or paying some amount to get your information from hackers. Now your worry is over as new privacy system has been developed by researchers to tackle those malicious behavior online through your browsers.
According to the news report, The system works with web browsers and prevents malicious codes in websites from leaking sensitive information to unauthorized parties.
Researchers have built a new system that protects internet user’s privacy while increasing the flexibility for web developers to build web applications that combine data from different web sites, dramatically improving the safety of surfing the web.
The system called ‘Confinement with Origin Web Labels’ (COWL) works with Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome web browsers and prevents malicious codes in websites from leaking sensitive information to unauthorized parties.
The website’s operator may have incorporated a code obtained elsewhere into his or her website without realizing that the code contains bugs or is malicious.
‘Such codes can access sensitive data within the same or other browser tabs, allowing unauthorized parties to obtain or modify data without the user’s knowledge,’ explained study co-author professor Brad Karp from the University College London.
‘COWL achieves both privacy for the user and flexibility for the web application developer. Achieving both these aims, which are often in opposition in many system designs, is one of the central challenges in computer systems security research,’ Karp maintained.
Free to download, COWL lets web developers build feature-rich applications that combine data from different websites not requiring users to share their login details directly with third-party web applications.
‘This ensures that the user’s sensitive data seen by such an application does not leave the browser. Both web developers and users win,’ added Deian Stefan, PhD student at Stanford University.
The team included researchers from University College London, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers and Mozilla Research.
The team described the system in a paper that is scheduled to be shared this month at the ‘Proceedings of the 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation’, a premier venue for operating systems research.
Source: Online News sources