Mobile Agent Protection for M-Commerce

Mobile Agent Protection for M-Commerce

S. Guan (Brunel University, UK)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-002-8.ch071
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Abstract

The introduction of the mobile Internet is probably one of the most significant revolutions of the 20th century. With a simple click, one can connect to almost every corner of the world thousands of kilometers away. This presents a great opportunity for m-commerce. Despite its many advantages over traditional commerce, m-commerce has not taken off successfully. One of the major hindrances is security. The focus of this article is secure transport of mobile agents. A mobile agent is useful for handheld devices like a palmtop or PDA. Such m-commerce devices usually have limited computing power. It would be useful if the users of such devices could send an intelligent, mobile agent to remote machines to carry out complex tasks like product brokering, bargain hunting, or information collection.

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