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Method to Safeguard sensitive information displayed on a computing device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246452D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

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The method proposes a reasonable way to detect the presence of unintended users in the viewing vicinity of a computing device enabled with light, proximity, sound sensors and/or face detection camera and to take prescribed action if a breach is detected.

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Method to Safeguard sensitive information displayed on a computing device
Mobile computing devices, handheld or otherwise, have become essential part of our lives . We use them routinely to view and manage our finances, shopping, heath and insurance, accessing official and personal data to name a few. Though they bring an unprecedented ease of use and access but simultaneously exposes us to security vulnerabilities such as our sensitive data being knowingly or unknowingly looked into or stared at by the bystanders.

An application such as a document viewer, multimedia viewer or a browser shall be configured to bring in place the proposed safeguards. Initial number of users in the reading or viewing proximity of the device's screen shall be recorded leveraging the device's face detection camera. Until the application is taken off the screen or closed, any substantial change detected in luminosity by the light sensor and/or a proximity sensor getting triggered and/or a microphone catching substantial sound changes in terms of decibels if can conclusively establish a breach will inform the device to take a prescribed action. If these or similar sensors cannot conclusively establish a breach because of certain changes in the surrounding environment can in-turn trigger device's face detection camera which then will compare the initial users with the current users in the viewing proximity of the device and suggest the device to take prescribed action if a mismatch is de...