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Security and Privacy Issues in Near Field Communication (NFC) Systems
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will be the next vital enhancement to your cell phone. Today cell phone is used for internet surfing, mobile banking, entertainment and lot more. NFC will enhance the current functionalities in more advanced form. Its touch and go principle will ease the people’s life. Our study shows that as this technology grows more and more in daily life applications it will help intruder to enter in your personal life hitting the personal privacy. However there are different aspects of looking at the security and privacy issues of such devices. We have thrown light on different aspects and implementation of NFC technology. Some of the respondents are in favor of using strong asymmetric cryptography for secure communication, but it will definitely increase the transaction time. So ECC (Elliptic curve cryptography) could be a choice in this situation.

Loosing the NFC device in such a condition that when you have all your home/car keys debit/credits cards in it will point to single point of failure. Embedding NFC technology with low powered devices will result in single point of failure in case of power failure. NFC devices will help intruder to pin point your location due to tractability feature of this technology. Finally the presence of security flaws and privacy issues in NFC devices will impact the popularity and became the reason of its late release.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 59 p.
Trita-ICT-EX, 85
Keyword [en]
Information security, Privacy, NFC, Devices, Cryptography, PKI, RFID, Tags
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46708OAI: diva2:454020
Subject / course
Computer and Systems Sciences
Educational program
Master of Science - Information and Communication Systems Security
Available from: 2011-11-04 Created: 2011-11-04 Last updated: 2012-11-12Bibliographically approved

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