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Method to randomize form field submissions to enhance security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000174964D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Sep-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Sep-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This system describes a method to randomize the process of how form fields are presented to the user in order to decipher a human response from a computer/automated response.

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Method to randomize form field submissions to enhance security

Online forms are necessary whenever a user has to register for specific priviledges or if a user would like to make a secure purchase. Security is paramount but nowadays it's becoming easier and easier for bots to spam and break the security barriers that are put in place. Part of the reason that these forms are vulnerable is because the forms generally follow a predictable sequence such as name, address, state, zipcode, etc. Bots are aware of this common progression often fill in the forms automatically with pseudo responses. The core idea of this art is that for online forms, instead of having a form with all the fields available to the end user at first glance and using the common order used generally for all online forms, this method forces users to fill out the fields in the order that a program randomly selects. In other words, all fields will be greyed out except for the field (or fields in combination) that is to be completed and once that is filled out another will be highlighted. The order of filling out all the fields is random. The implementation most likely would be done in javascript. Each time a request to the form would results in filling out fields in different sequence. Therefore, different users complete the form in different order. This minimizes a bot (possibly...