Using agents to improve security and convenience in mobile e-commerce

Jian Tang, J. Veijalainen
Proceedings of the 34th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences  
The main driving force for the rapid acceptance rate of small sized mobile devices to do e-commerce is its increased convenience and efficiency in performing simple transactions compared with the stationary machines. Two of the weaknesses of this type of ecommerce are: (1) due to its small size, a mobile device can easily get lost and get stolen; (2) it is neither very convenient nor cheap for a mobile user to perform transactions that require more than just a few messages, scanning of
more » ... s, or negotiations. Personal identifiction numbers (PIN) are currently used both for protection of the devices and for authentication of the user to solve (1). Sophisticated thefts might still uncover the PIN inside the mobile devices. (2) has not deserved much attention by the research community sofar. In this paper, we propose to use agent technology to cope with both problems. The related protocols are presented and the improvements on the security over the existing schemes are studied.
doi:10.1109/hicss.2001.927211 dblp:conf/hicss/TangV01 fatcat:kisrz7pn6jgt3fc4omauuuk2xu