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Method for a instant messaging to be marked as confidential and handled accordingly.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117914D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The disclosed method provides the ability for an instant message session to be marked as confidential and handled accordingly. The instant message session can be marked confidential by the initiator or through filters that auto-detect if confidential material is contained in the session .

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Method for a instant messaging to be marked as confidential and handled accordingly .

Disclosed is a method to protect intellectual property within an instant message program. Protecting intellectual property is priority to all companies. Currently, emails and hard-copy documents can be marked confidential. Many technical discussions occur in instant message session. Sometimes a person is shown as active even though they have just stepped away from their system. In that delay of listing the person as away, the person may receive a confidential question via the instant message program. This confidential discussion has the potential to be displayed until the screen saver activates.

This "confidential" instant message session can be denoted in many ways via graphics, text or use of colors. For example, "confidential" can be written in the title bar, or the session screen can be outlined in red, or a graphic can be displayed that represents the meaning "confidential".

When a session is marked as confidential, it is handled differently then a non-confidential session. If the receiver goes inactive then the confidential session is protected. The session can be protected by automatically logging out the user or activating the screen saver or minimizing the session's window and require a password to unlock.

(1) Button/graphic that the initiator can select to mark a session as confidential

(2) Filters that auto-detect if confidential material is contained in the session a...