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System and method to avoid misuse of parental control functionality by unauthorized personal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000172039D
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 278K

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Manoj Pareek: INVENTOR

Abstract

Parental Control is a feature that enable user to easily block entire channels or specific programs based on program rating. This method and system that provides additional security and avoid misuse of parental control functionality or any other password protected feature by unauthorized personal.

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Sony Corporation

Sony Electronics Inc.

IPD Case # 50X9497

Title:

System and method to avoid misuse of parental control functionality by unauthorized personal

Description of the Invention:

Parental Control is a feature that enable user to easily block entire channels or specific programs based on program rating. This method and system that provides additional security and avoid misuse of parental control functionality or any other password protected feature by unauthorized personal.

The system includes adding an exponential delay of few seconds after each un-successful password guess and blocking the use of parental control functionality for few minutes after three consecutive unsuccessful attempts. This system also allow user to review date and time of last three authorized/unauthorized attempts to access parental control or password protected functionality.

Inventor:

Manoj Pareek

Invention Disclosure:

What issues/problems does your invention try to address?

Parental control giving you more choice and control over what you and your family watch on TV. Currently parental control feature of all Sony TVs including channel blocked or rating blocked are protected by four digit numeric password. Unauthorized user or children, who are not allowed to watch protected contents can very easily break-in the password by trying all combinations from 0000 to 9999.

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