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Temporary Credential Storage through a Trusted Third-Party Escrow Authority

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245356D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method for curbing Internet addiction using a trusted third-party credential escrow service. The system transfers a user's credentials for a given website to a trusted third-party credential escrow service, which automatically changes the password and holds it until certain conditions are met.

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Website usage in moderation is not harmful , and is most likely helpful in many regards; however, when a person feels that "real life" is put aside for online life , there could be a problem. Screen addiction or Internet addiction is a problem that is not easily handled by current products or services in the market.

Existing solutions that take the form of parental control features in software and hardware are deficient. These controls are sensitive to parameters such as website identity, overall Internet usage, and predefined Internet use day/time windows. Operating systems, Internet browsers, Internet browser proxies, Domain Name System (DNS) services, and firewall software provide some level of website filtering and usage controls. Networking products such as hardware modems, routers, and firewalls also provide parental control features through website filtering and usage controls (these features are included with home network routers).

Another undesirable solution is for the user to stop all Internet activity and delete all

website accounts. This solution will certainly not work, and the user will lose any content that was developed on the particular website where an account existed . Some

websites allow users to de-activate, without deleting, accounts, but this does not solve the problem addressed here.

The novel solution is a system and method for curbing Internet addiction using a trusted third-party credential escrow service. The system transfers a user's credentials for a given website to a trusted third-party credential escrow service. This service automatically changes the password and holds it until certain conditions are met . When the system detects the correct conditions, it sends the password back to the user.

The solution does not require any changes in hardware or software at the site , device...