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SECRET MESSAGE AREA WITH PASSWORD PROTECTION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007525D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 123K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Ramanujam Satagopan: AUTHOR

Abstract

Conventionally, messages in a pager are accessed by only one user when the pager is not shared. It is typical, however, to share a pager among a few peo- ple in places such as factories and hospitals. Thus, when sharing a pager, secret areas with password protection would be desirable as a feature.

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SECRET MESSAGE AREA WITH PASSWORD PROTECTION

by Ramanujam Satagopan

  Conventionally, messages in a pager are accessed by only one user when the pager is not shared. It is typical, however, to share a pager among a few peo- ple in places such as factories and hospitals. Thus, when sharing a pager, secret areas with password protection would be desirable as a feature.

  For this feature, portions of memory in a mes- sage RAM are set aside as secret areas for users. Access to a secret area is protected by a password known only to a user. For example, from a normal screen, the user can activate a button to get to a private screen corresponding to the secret area or back from the private screen to the normal screen. When in the private screen, operations of the pager and display of information can be similar to the nor- mal screen. Transferring messages between the nor- mal screen and the private screen is possible through an icon at a main menu within the normal screen or the private screen.

  Figure 1 shows a flow diagram of transferring a message to the secret area horn the normal screen. Once transferred, the message will no longer be seen in the normal screen, If there is not enough mem- ory in the secret area, an error message will be dis- played by the pager. A similar transfer procedure applies for transferring a message from the private screen to the normal screen except that a password is not required in this case.

In the secret area, the user will be able to per- form all operations with messages as in the normal

screen. To view secret messages, the user, upon entering a correct password at a password screen and, thereafter, at a confirmation prompt to transfer a message, has to press a READ key. These steps will only show a status screen containing the secret messages.

  At the password screen, when no key action is activated after a period of time, programmably predetermined, the pager returns to a normal status screen regardless ofwhether the user has logged on to the secret area or not. Also, any type of screen timeout when in the private screen will set the pager to the normal status screen.

  Figure 2 shows how the password can be set by the user with keys available on the pager. Each key is assigned a numeric value such as "1:' "2:' and "31' Combination of these three numbers determines a total number of combinat...