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System of Detecting and Protecting Passwords Sent in Clear Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000206851D
Publication Date: 2011-May-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method of identifying a username and password combination and then obscuring the password to prevent interception by an overlooking third party.

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System of Detecting and Protecting Passwords Sent in Clear Text

When someone is explicitly sending credentials to someone else via email, username and password combinations are sent in clear text. For example: "Hey Eric, the login credentials to machine XYZ are username: userN4me, password: p455w0rd." If someone is looking at an email preview, with someone looking over their back or sharing their screen, the third party is able to see the passwords.

A better method is needed to protect passwords sent in clear text.

Current technologies present in prior art include:
• Web clients have the ability to monitor content for detecting spam and correcting spelling/grammar changes

• One instant messaging system identifies phone numbers on a webpage and allows the user to directly dial that number

• A password protection system having a show/hide password feature
• A search engine that trims full email addresses to reduce email detection and spam services

Disclosed is a method of identifying a username and password combination and then obscuring the password to prevent interception by an overlooking third party.

In the preferred embodiment, an email client monitors the content of emails. The system examines the email for potential username/password combinations using a credential detection algorithm. If any are found, the system obscures from view the suspected passwords. The password text is only visible after the user confirms that the text should be shown.

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