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Method of warning or preventing transmission of private information on wireless telephone systems.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016791D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

What is proposed is a user programmable voice pattern recognition component that is added to the base units of wireless phones or into cell phones. When a keyword is spoken, a method is provided that will warn you of the insecure nature of the conversation.

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  Method of warning or preventing transmission of private information on wireless telephone systems.

One of the growing problems with data transmissions is privacy and identity theft. An easy but not normally recognized method of violating the user's privacy is the monitoring of wireless transmissions such as those found on cell phones or wireless phones. Because of the wireless nature of these types of data transmissions, simple monitors such as a baby monitor, other wireless phones, or a police-band scanner might be able to pick up private conversations. More importantly, information such as a user's social security number or credit card numbers can be captured by thieves while the user is in the process of making a legitimate purchase over a phone or wireless connection.

What is proposed is voice recognition hardware and software that is built into either the base of the wireless phone or the cell phone. First, the user, provides the recognition program their voice and key phrases they would like the security program to monitor. Thus, the user would speak the following phrases: "My credit card number", "Pin Number", "Social Security Number", and so forth into the phone (while the security program is in program mode).

Once the programming ends, the program then monitors wireless phone conversations in the future. When a keyword such as "credit card" is detected (in the user's voice), the monitoring program can cause a long "beep" to occur or the words "insecure"...