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Innovative use of mobile or smart phone accelerometer in multi-factor authentication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236485D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

A method for utilizing an accelerometer for a multi-factor authentication of a user or usage of an application running on a mobile device, for example, a smart phone is disclosed.

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Innovative use of mobile or smart phone accelerometer in multi -factor authentication

Disclosed is a method for utilizing an accelerometer for a multi-factor authentication of a user or usage of an application running on a mobile device, for example, a smart phone.

Currently, authenticating a user or usage of an application running on a mobile device, for example, a smart phone is done by asking the user to submit their name and password. Some applications ask for a pin number to be entered to authenticate the user as well. The problem with these traditional methods is that they are generally not considered secure, due to the possibility that another entity can obtain this information through malicious means, such as, phishing,

Disclosed is an authentication method of identifying and matching a pattern of shakes. A pattern of shakes (secret handshake) is created and stored by the user, and replicated by the user at the time of authentication. By using this pattern of "shaking" data alone or in combination with a pin or password code, security of such devices, and security of application and transactions conducted from such devices is greatly enhanced.

The user is asked to store their personal "sequence", which could include a secret "handshake", and a password or pin. Subsequently, the user is asked to replicate that sequence when needed for authentication. The authentication may occur when the user is logging into their mobile device, mobile application, and/or while conducting a transaction from the mobile device.

The steps involved with this mobile device and smart phone (enabled with an accelero...