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Method for Providing Enhanced Security for Mobile Device Application Groupings and Folders

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248609D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-21
Document File: 4 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a pre-launch security method for mobile device application groupings, or folders. The method and system allow a device owner to group applications and apply a single authentication requirement to that group in order to secure and protect all applications in the group at once, rather than individually adding authentication to each application.

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Method for Providing Enhanced Security for Mobile Device Application Groupings and Folders

Mobile device applications are becoming increasingly advanced with available features, functions, abilities, and information. Mobile device applications not only contain, but also share public and private information, without the device owner’s knowledge and approval. Sensitive and personal information within an application is becoming extremely difficult to secure and protect.

A method for applying pre-launch security and authentication to mobile device applications through a software algorithm in a device’s operating system (OS) can be effective; however, it does not completely solve the problem. Mobile device applications can be grouped into folders on the device. If a folder of applications contains sensitive information that the device owner wants to protect with additional security, there is currently no method to do so. The user can apply additional security to individual applications, but cannot apply similar security to a folder of applications. In addition, a single, static password that allows a user (or third party) to unlock a device and access all applications is ineffective protection. A dynamic security method, not just a static, one time complex password on the lock screen, is needed to accommodate the complexity of the devices as well as the user’s need for convenience.

The solution presented here addresses the problem of poor, limited security and protection of information in grouped applications. The core novelty is a pre-launch security method for mobile device application groupings, or folders.

The novel contribution is a method that allows a device owner to group applications and apply a single authentication requirement to that group in order to secure and protect all applications in the group at once, rather than individually adding authentication to each application. The solution includes a method for pre-launch authentication that requires the user to meet input parameters before opening a folder, viewing the group of applications, and then accessing, launching, and using any application. The approach provides a dynamic and multi-layer approach to securing grouped applications on a mobile device.

The novel method utilizes software code, plugins, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) deployed on a mobile device to provide pre-launch security to a group, or folder, of applications. A downloadable package of these components can be made available through a mobile device application catalog. The ability to turn folder security codes on and off from the device, as well as defining a security code for a folder that has the feature turned on, is unique.

The method requires that the user successfully authenticate through a user interface (UI) before opening and accessing a folder of mobile applications. When a user taps a folder of applications on the device, instead of the folder instantly opening, a user interface, such as...