Title: Volatile memory forensics of privacy aware browsers

Authors: Nilay R. Mistry; Krupa Gajjar; S.O. Junare

Addresses: National Forensic Sciences University, Sector 9, Gandhinagar – Gujarat, India ' National Forensic Sciences University, Sector 9, Gandhinagar – Gujarat, India ' National Forensic Sciences University, Sector 9, Gandhinagar – Gujarat, India

Abstract: Internet privacy has become a notable concern in today's world. Aside from the common usage of web browsers, users are using such browsers which can protect their privacy using anonymity. Such growing concerns regarding privacy over the internet have led to the development of privacy-enhanced web browsers whose main aim is to provide better privacy to its users by not storing any information on user's personal computers, and at the same time also keeps the users anonymous while browsing. Some users have found an alternative use of these web browsers that are somewhat illegal in nature. This research encompasses the acquisition and analysis of such kind of privacy browsers and compares its outcomes with that of the portable web browsers and private modes of commonly-used web browsers to establish the claim of these privacy browsers of keeping providing a higher level of privacy.

Keywords: privacy browser; portable browser; memory forensics; RAM analysis; digital forensics; cyber crime.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICS.2020.10047607

International Journal of Information and Computer Security, 2022 Vol.18 No.3/4, pp.313 - 326

Received: 06 Dec 2020
Accepted: 11 Dec 2020

Published online: 05 Sep 2022 *

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