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Alternate password character display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212716D
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method of to enhance the level of password protection as a user enters their password at a login prompt. The approach incorporates an eavesdropping distraction by displaying random words that correspond to the password length.

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Alternate password character display

Improvements can always be made to password protection and password detection distractions.

Current art in this area includes:


• Placing asterisks corresponding to the password entered ... password --- ********


• Leaving a blank prompt for the password ... password --- ' '


• Password abstraction ... password --- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


• Icon to distract the eavesdropper


• Site key (http://www.bankofamerica.com/privacy/index.cfm?template=sitekey)

Disclosed is a method of to enhance the level of password protection as a user enters their password at a login prompt. The approach incorporates an eavesdropping distraction by displaying random words that correspond to the password length.

This allows the user to know how many keys they have typed but not allow someone to guess the password. Also, the fact that a word is displayed causes the eavesdropper to be distracted.

This is similar to the current password prompts but does not have the limitation of a Graphical User Interface (GUI). The disclosed method achieves the same level of security on a command prompt. This allows it to secure a wider range of software as many enterprise applications are accessed via the Command Line Interface (CLI).

In the preferred embodiment, as the user types a password, the system randomly selects a word that is the same number of characters as the user's password and displays it in the password field.

In an alternate embodiment, the word that is displayed once the correct password is typed could be used to authenticate the site. For example, when the user types their password into the login screen for their online bankin...