Abstract

The proliferation of online services over the years has encouraged more and more people to participate in Internet activities. Many web sites request personal and sensitive information needed to deliver the desired service. Unfortunately, it is difficult to distinguish the sites that can be trusted to protect such information from those that cannot. Many attempts to make the Internet easier to use introduce new security and privacy problems. On the other hand, most attempts at creating a safe online environment produce systems that are cryptic and hard to use. The TrustBroker system is based on a specialized online repository that safely stores user information and helps the user determine which sites can be trusted with their sensitive information. Also, the repository facilitates the transfer of the user's in- formation. The overall effect of the system is to inspire greater confidence in online participation among users who desire to protect their personal information.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science

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Date Submitted

2005-12-09

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1149

Keywords

identity theft, trust, repository, trust negotiation

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