Mobile commerce and location-aware services promise to combine the conveniences of both online and offline bricks-and-mortar services. Just as agent-enabled desktop computers can be used to improve a users e-commerce experience, so can agent-enabled mobile devices be used to improve a users mobile commerce experience. Agent-enabled mobile devices can perform complex and time-consuming tasks not well-suited for the small and cumbersome user interfaces available on most mobile devices, can interact with other mobile devices over more than one interface, and can accompany users under circumstances in which the desktop computers cannot. Agent-enabled mobile devices, however, present new security challenges and risks. While e-commerce agents run the risk of disclosing ones identity in cyberspace, agent-enabled mobile devices running location-aware applications, run the risk of disclosing ones actual physical location in addition to other personal information. This paper outlines security and privacy issues and provides security guidelines for agent-based location-aware mobile commerce.
Citation: Safety and Security in Mulltiagent Systems: Research Results from 2004-2006
Publisher Info: Springer-Verlag, Berlin, -1
Pub Type: Book Chapters
agents, mobile commerce, privacy, security, wireless