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Input Timing Control Function for Computer/Electronic Security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124269D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A system and method for implementing and using an Input timing control function--including a scramble function--in the service of computer and/or electronic security.

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Input Timing Control Function for Computer /Electronic Security

This invention is an input timing control function using an intangible element that works in concert with current methods for controlling access. Passwords and numerical codes, for example, are tangible elements that can be copied or deciphered. This invention introduces an intangible element [time] whose parameters may or may not be known even to a designated user. With this invention in place, anyone who is out to exploit the current access prevention methods in order to gain illegitimate entry will not succeed. This input timing control invention with its intangible element makes breaking the code virtually, if not completely, impossible .

This invention works by adding an input timing control function to any password/code/electronic input process. In other words, with this invention a user gains access not only by completing the correct process (entering the right password or code), but also by completing the process in line with designated timing parameters. These parameters can be granular or coarse, and can be programmed in the code itself or established by designated users. The following scenarios demonstrate how this invention works:

1) A password is typed into a computer interface field in order to access a hard drive. For this implementation, a user is instructed to type the same password six times, whereupon the input timing control function records and establishes the input timing parameters associated with the user's input speed. A test phase then lets the user validate the parameters before they are locked in place. Once set, however, only th...