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Secure Mouse for Internet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119126D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for computer security using a mouse which contains user Identification (ID) information.

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Secure Mouse for Internet

      Disclosed is a method for computer security using a mouse which
contains user Identification (ID) information.

      Identity and security systems are needed for network
computers.  Users must be able to identify themselves conveniently
and with high security.

      This solution is to put the user ID and settings information
into a wireless mouse.  The user can carry the mouse from one system
to another.  Each system becomes, in effect, the user's own just by
walking up to it and using their mouse with it.

      Implementation requires some memory added to a conventional
wireless mouse and a software driver on the host computer.  All
required operator interface with the mouse is handled with the
Graphical User Interface (GUI) portion of the software driver running
on the host. The  software driver will be required to run
continuously in a background mode.  When the user approaches the host
computer and initiates log on  of a session, the software driver will
detect activity on the Infrared  (IR) port and establish
communications with the mouse.

      During log on, the user's passwords and configuration
information are transferred from the mouse to the host.  At the end
of the user's session, the software driver will return the host
system to the original configuration and place the system in the
proper state  of security.  The software driver will be capable of
handling multiple  users.  There will also...