Visible to the public Location Privacy and Changes in WiFi Probe Request Based Connection Protocols Usage Through Years

TitleLocation Privacy and Changes in WiFi Probe Request Based Connection Protocols Usage Through Years
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsDagelić, Ante, Perković, Toni, Čagalj, Mario
Conference Name2019 4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech)
Keywordsaccess protocols, Broadcast Probe Request packets, compositionality, computer network security, connection protocols usage, data leaks, data privacy, Human Behavior, Internet of Things, IoT devices, location privacy, Location Privacy in Wireless Networks, Metrics, mobile devices security breaches, Mobile handsets, mobile radio, Monitoring, passive WiFi monitoring scans, privacy, probe request, Probes, Protocols, pubcrawl, Resiliency, smart phones, SSID, Tracking, WiFi, WiFi Access Points, WiFi Probe Request packets, Wireless fidelity, wireless LAN, wireless networks
AbstractLocation privacy is one of most frequently discussed terms in the mobile devices security breaches and data leaks. With the expected growth of the number of IoT devices, which is 20 billions by 2020., location privacy issues will be further brought to focus. In this paper we give an overview of location privacy implications in wireless networks, mainly focusing on user's Preferred Network List (list of previously used WiFi Access Points) contained within WiFi Probe Request packets. We will showcase the existing work and suggest interesting topics for future work. A chronological overview of sensitive location data we collected on a musical festival in years 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 is provided. We conclude that using passive WiFi monitoring scans produces different results through years, with a significant increase in the usage of a more secure Broadcast Probe Request packets and MAC address randomizations by the smartphone operating systems.
Citation Keydagelic_location_2019