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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates generally to the operation of an electronic device which has a touch screen display. More particularly, it relates to a method for the protection of sensitive information during the operation of such an electronic device.
"In recent years there has been rapid growth in the use of portable wireless communication devices providing computing, telephone and Internet access functions. As the range of available functions has expanded, so has the range of uses to which these devices may be put. Many of these uses involve the transmission and storage of confidential information such as bank account transaction details and personal contact data such as address books. In general, these multifunctional devices often have a high monetary value and are also relatively small so as to be easily hand-held. There is therefore a substantial risk of these devices being stolen from a user, even while the devices are being used. The security of confidential information may be compromised as a result, particularly if it was being accessed at the time. Many modern mobile multifunctional devices are provided with a multipoint touch screen, also termed a multi-touch touch screen, for interfacing with the device."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments include methods, systems and computer program products for operating an electronic device having a touch screen display for displaying information. Embodiments include generating a designated location on the touch screen display for receiving a continuous touch contact. Based on detecting a continuous touch contact at the designated location, information is displayed on the touch screen. Based on detecting an absence of a continuous touch contact at the designated location on the touch screen display, the display of information is disabled.
"Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention. For a better understanding of the invention with the advantages and the features, refer to the description and to the drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"The subject matter which is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The forgoing and other features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
"FIG. 1a is a plan view of an electronic device suitable for incorporating embodiments of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 1b is an elevation view of an electronic device suitable for incorporating embodiments of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 2a illustrates an example user interface display on a device suitable for incorporating embodiments of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 2b illustrates an embodiment of the present disclosure showing an initial display requesting a user response;
"FIG. 2c illustrates an embodiment of the present disclosure showing an example display after an operation to lock the device;
"FIG. 3 illustrates a device incorporating a embodiment of the present disclosure during operation with a user contacting a designated location on the touch screen display of the device;
"FIG. 4 illustrates a system diagram of a device incorporating a embodiment of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 5a illustrates application software of an embodiment of the present disclosure;
"FIGS. 5b, 5c and 5d illustrate stages in the setup of an embodiment of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 5e illustrates setup in a further embodiment of the present disclosure; and
"FIG. 6 is a flow diagram of the operation of an embodiment of the present invention."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Reilly, Tristram T. Operating a Device Having a Touch-Screen Display. Filed
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