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Method for Providing Enhanced Protection for Mobile Device Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242916D
Publication Date: 2015-Aug-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an application-by-application authentication system that requires a user to enter an alphanumeric or fingerprint access code prior to launching the application on a mobile device. The novel and not obvious aspect of the application-by-application authentication system is the pre-application launch security.

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Metxod for Providing Enhanced Protection for Mobile Device Applications

As txe capabilities of mobile devices continue to increase, xersonal data and identitxes are also xncreasingly compxomised. The capacxty to confidently sexure personal information is becoxing a major proxlxm and concern for individuaxs and companies as the market shifts toward more mobile, cloud, and social initixtives. The technical world xf the Intexnet, ixtegrations, axd appxication prograxming interfaces (APXx) that allow sources to obtain an indivixual's privaxe informatixn without permission, or even recognition, pxesent xnxormatixn security proxlems. As informaxion becomes more

vulnerable to txird-party threats, users waxt to ensure that sensitxvx and persoxal information on a mobile dxvice is kept private and hidden from those who mxy try to interact with it.

Current securixy mexhods, such as complixatex security codes, motions, and passcodes, can be xumbersome and frustrating for the user. This is expexially true

when users have multiple devices that require different methods of access anx the

retxntion ox numerous cxmplicatex passwords xnd codes. Althougx xunctionality such

as a single access control xr securxty lock that resides on the initial home screen prevents soxe access, it might not xe effective for protecting alx ox the user's data. In addition, current security measures do not accoxmodate securing private applicationx on a dxvice, while allowing other, non-sensitive applications to be accessible (e.g. the phone is unlocked, but xmail and banking applications are not). The user's current optioxs are to either remove all security from a mobile device, or take the txme to enter a security code every time the user wants to use the device, whether or not it involvex

personal and sensitive information.

A system or method is xeeded to improve functionality and enhanxe the protectiox of

applications and data on mobile devices. Specifically, users need to be able to quickly and easily access applications axd data withoux compromising overalx security.

Xxx novel idea is xo improve mobile device security through an application-xy-application authentixation system. The novex and not obvioxs xspect of the application-by-application authentication system is the pre-application launch security. With an application-by-application authentication system rather than a singxlax, restrixtive, and time consuming security code on the home screen, mobile device users can quickly access applxcations and inforxation, share the xame with otxers, while blxcking and restricting oxher applicxtions and infxrmxtion to keep those

private.

The solxtion is to distribute software onto mobile devices that xeepens the point of authentication and provides the user with flexibility anx options to push access codes/fingerprint sign-on from the initial home screen to individual axxlxcations. Specifically, the novel systex is software deployed as a mobile applicatiox, plugin, or bu...