An intensive analysis of security and privacy browser add-ons

Nikolaos Tsalis, Alexios Mylonas, Dimitris Gritzalis

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Browsers enable the user to surf over the Internet and access web sites that may include social media, email service, etc. However, such an activity incorporates various web threats (e.g. tracking, malicious content, etc.) that may imperil the user’s data and any sensitive information involved. Therefore, web browsers offer pre-installed security controls to protect users from these threats. Third-party browser software (i.e. add-ons) is also available that enhances these pre-installed security controls, or substitutes them. In this paper, we examine the available security controls that exist in modern browsers to reveal any gaps in the offered security protection. We also study the available security and privacy add-ons and observe whether the above mentioned gaps (i.e. when a security control is unavailable) are covered or need to be revisited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisks and Security of Internet and Systems - 10th International Conference, CRiSIS 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAlban Gabillon, Costas Lambrinoudakis
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319318103
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Event10th International Conference on Risks and Security of Internet and Systems, CRiSIS 2015 - Mytilene, Lesbos Island, Greece
Duration: 20 Jul 201522 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Risks and Security of Internet and Systems, CRiSIS 2015
CityMytilene, Lesbos Island


  • Add-ons
  • Controls
  • Malware
  • Phishing
  • Privacy
  • User protection
  • Web browser security


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