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Secure and Privacy-enhanced E-Mail System based on the Concept of Proxies
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Network Systems Laboratory (NS Lab).
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Security and privacy on the Internet and especially the e-mail, is becoming more and more important and crucial for the user. The requirements for the protection of e-mail include issues like tracking and privacy intrusions by hackers and commercial advertisers, intrusions by casual observers, and even spying by government agencies. In an expanding e-mail use in the digital world, Internet and mobile, the quantity and sensitivity of personal information has also tremendously expanded. Therefore, protection of data and transactions and privacy of user information is key and of interest for many users. Based on such motives, in this paper we present the design and current implementation of our secure and privacy-enhanced e-mail system. The system provides protection of e-mails, privacy of locations from which the e-mail system is accessed, and authentication of legitimate users. Differently from existing standard approaches, which are based on adding security extensions to e-mail clients, our system is based on the concept of proxy servers that provide security and privacy of users and their e-mails. It uses all required standards: S/ MIME for formatting of secure letters, strong cryptographic algorithms, PKI protocols and certificates. We already have the first implementation and an instance of the system is very easy to install and to use.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 1405-1410 p.
Keyword [en]
E-mail, Proxy Server, S/MIME, X.509 certificates, PKI
National Category
Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159133DOI: 10.1109/MIPRO.2014.6859787ISI: 000346438700267ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84906895319OAI: diva2:783682
37th International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics (MIPRO), MAY 26-30, 2014, Opatija, CROATIA

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Available from: 2015-01-27 Created: 2015-01-22 Last updated: 2015-01-27Bibliographically approved

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