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    • ISSN: 1793-8244
    • Frequency: Semiyearly
    • DOI: 10.18178/JACN
    • Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Ka Wai Gary Wong
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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Editor-in-chief
Dr. Ka Wai Gary Wong
Division of Information and Technology Studies, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.
It's a honor to serve as the editor-in-chief of JACN. I'll work together with the editors and reviewers to help the journal progress
JACN 2015 Vol.3(3): 213-219 ISSN: 1793-8244
DOI: 10.7763/JACN.2015.V3.169

Security Threats of URL Shortening: A User’s Perspective

Nhien-An Le-Khac and M. Tahar Kechadi
Abstract—Short URLs have been used on the Internet for several years now and as time goes by new security threats are discovered in relation to their use (e.g. malware, phishing, spam). However, although current research in literature has compiled addressing the security threats when utilizing such types of URLs, no study approached the assessment of user confidence and user awareness regarding short URLs. Thus the aim of this paper is to cover the existing knowledge gap and to compile a baseline assessment on the frequency of use, user confidence and user awareness when utilizing short URLs. To do so, we have developed questionnaire connected to the previously mentioned aspects and which was applied to one hundred persons of various nationalities from within the European Union with various user experiences when it comes to the Internet and short URLs. The analysis of the replies received from the participants to the survey has revealed a general awareness that there are security risks associated with short URLs, a tendency of propagation of short URLs to other Internet services and platforms.

Index Terms—Security, threats, URL shortening, user perspective.

The authors are with the School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland (e-mail: an.lekhac@ucd.ie, tahar.kechadi@ucd.ie).

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Cite:Nhien-An Le-Khac and M. Tahar Kechadi, "Security Threats of URL Shortening: A User’s Perspective," Journal of Advances in Computer Networks vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 213-219, 2015.

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