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Method for State-Based Browsing Results

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249446D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that connects a web browser's state, pertaining to search history and web searching, to the user's context. The system uses metrics such as location to differentiate the user's experience when working in a different context; this prevents personal data from another context from inappropriately coming into view during a work session, and vice-versa.

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Method for State-Based Browsing Results

Current Internet browsers have useful features such as saving a user’s search history and automatically completing frequently accessed Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). These features can cause problems, however, because it is possible for personal browsing to distract a user at work, while private work information may be inconvenient or inappropriate, to accidentally load at home.

Instead of forcing the user to deal with ignoring work information at necessary times at home, or the reverse, observations can be made as to the location, time, and physical device used during browsing to partition results and suggestions into separate browsing sessions or states.

The novel solution is a system that connects the web browser's state, pertaining to search history and web searching, to the user's context. The system uses metrics such as location to differentiate the user's experience when working in a different context.

By allowing the browser to change states like this, the user can more efficiently search and request previous sites while shielding personal data from another context from inappropriately coming into view during a work session, and vice-versa.

The system changes the state of the browser if a combination of the physical device, location, time of day, and/or other known metrics change. If the context is unknown, then the algorithm creates a new state and records information to apply to that context.

The system monitors the physical device(s) used, location of those physical devices, time of day when using the devices, and any other known metric to provide browsing data about the user. With this information, the system can form different browsing states for...