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Methods to prevent password from being stolen at the user id/password prompt on PC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000057792D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a software algorithm to prevent the password string from being stolen at the user authentication program running on personal computer (PC). There is a security risk that user may type password string into the prompt for user ID and typed password is usually echoed back to the display so the password string may be seen and stolen by people around the user. This invention explains the means to avoid the security risk by the small change in the user authentication program.