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Method and System for Improving User Confidence in a Destination Web Address

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000197932D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-22
Document File: 5 page(s) / 102K

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Abstract

A method and system for visually indicating a level of confidence associated with a destination web address using mnemonics is disclosed. A mnemonic image associated with the destination web address is displayed to the user when the user enters the destination web address in a web browser. Based on the mnemonic image, the user may gain the level of confidence for a particular destination in the web browser and respond accordingly.

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Method and System for Improving User Confidence in a Destination Web Address

Disclosed is a method and system for visually indicating a level of confidence associated with a destination web address using mnemonics. Fig. 1 illustrates a flow chart of the method for visually indicating a level of confidence associated with a destination entered in a web browser using mnemonics.

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The method begins with a user visiting a web site, such as, IBM.com. When the user visits the web site, a log in form is displayed to the user. The user is then prompted to enter log in details, such as, log in ID and password, in the log in form. Upon entering the log in details and successful log in by the user, a native overlay of a destination web page is displayed to the user with a mnemonic image associated with the destination web page. Fig. 2 illustrates the display of the native overlay of the destination web page with the mnemonic image.

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Figure 2

The user is further prompted to confirm the association of the mnemonic image with the destination web page. Thereafter, every time the user visits the same destination web page, the same mnemonic image is displayed for confirmation by the user. Thus, the user may associate a particular web page with a particular mnemonic image, thereby providing the user with a confidence in the destination page displayed in a web browser.

Further, the mnemonic images may be displayed with varying granularity depending upon a level of confidence of the system in a destination web site address entered in the web browser by the user. Fig. 3 illustrates a flow chart of the method for dynamically displaying mnemonic images as the user types the web address in the web browser.

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Figure 3

As the user types the web address, the system detects characters entered by the user. When the characters entered by the user qualify as a delimiter, the system assembles the characters into a word stem. Mnemonic images associated with the word stem thus generated are then retrieved by the system and displayed to the user. Further, the mnemonic images displayed based on partial web addresses i.e. the word stem formed by the characters entered by the user, may be displayed with a varying degree of granularity. The varying degree of granularity may further depend upon the level of confidence of the system in the partial web address. Subsequently, the system detects whether the user has completed entering the web address and displays the mnemonic associated with the web address.

For example, as depicted in fig. 4, when the user enters "www" in the web browser, one

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or more mnemonic images associated with web addresses beginning with "www" may be displayed to the user.

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In such a case, as only a part of the web address is entere...