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Lock separation of Mobile and Apps

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248797D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

This disclosure provides a method to use Mobile Apps without unlocking the mobile device. Today, most mobile will be automatically locked when there is no operation after a certain duration which could be configured. The Lock will take effect to the phone as an integrity which is not convenient and may bring up security issues. Implementing the lock granularity on App level, make user specify apps can be still operated even though the Mobile is locked and there is no security risk to expose other Apps/data while you can still operate with selected App.

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Lock separation of Mobile and Apps

Today, most mobile will be automatically locked when there is no operation after a certain duration which could be configured. The Lock will take effect to the phone as an integrity. This brings two problems: 1. If you want to use some App without being impacted by the auto locking, you usually need to set “NO lock while I am using specific App”. With this setting, you can use some App without the need of keep operating (touching screen). However, because Lock mechanism takes effect on the whole mobile, “NO Lock ” setting also prevents the whole mobile from locking when the selected App is in the front end. This expose security risk because e.g. if the mobile is lost while the selected App is in front end, others can use this Mobile including security sensitive App/data due to “unlock” status. 2. On the other hand, if you don't set “NO lock while I am using specific App”, when you are using the App, you will be bothered by unexpected lock because of no continuous operation. The above problem is because the “LOCK” mechanism is designed for the whole mobile and doesn't have a granularity of App.

The core idea of this invention is separating the lock of Mobile and Apps . In other words, implementing the lock granularity on App level. Thus:

For some App you want to use without the need of continuous operation (E.g. considering you are cooking with the reference to guide demonstrated by  some App) and which is also low security sensitive, you...