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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The use of mobile devices and especially smart phones has significantly increased. Such mobile devices have become in many cases a primary replacement for other computing devices, allowing access to data by the mobile devices to a variety of application programs. Application programs, also known as applications, are designed to help a user of a mobile device to perform specific tasks. Such applications may be bundled with the mobile device and its system software. There are primarily two different mobile applications, a native application and a web application. Typically, a native application is downloadable from a central repository, for example, the AppStore.RTM.. Once downloaded to the mobile device, the application is locally installed on the device and then can be executed. A web application is executed on a remote server and can be accessed from the mobile device without any installation thereon.
"To limit certain users, e.g., children, from accessing inappropriate contents and in particular, specific applications, mobile devices such as smart phones, are equipped with a built-in parental control mechanism. For example, the iPhone.RTM. operating system, iOS.RTM., provides age restrictions for blocking age-inappropriate applications from being downloaded to the device. Thus, such an operation system, and other similar control mechanisms enable parents to restrict already installed applications that their child can access.
"However, the wide and easy accessibility of such applications makes it very difficult for a parent to supervise the content viewed through a child's mobile device. Furthermore, in most cases, such restrictions can be overridden by the users, as they are merely protected by a passcode. For example, if a user (e.g., a child) knows the passcode to open the mobile phone, the user can change setting of the parental control mechanism. In addition, teenagers typically own their mobile phones, thus setting an access or parental control by configuring the device may not be an option for such a group of users.
"Furthermore, parental and access control mechanisms are limited to the download, installation, and/or execution of already installed applications on the mobile device. Thus, for web applications accessed through mobile devices from remote servers, the built-in control mechanisms may not be applicable, because such applications are not downloaded and installed on the mobile device.
"It would be therefore advantageous to provide an efficient access parental control solution that overcomes the limitations of the prior art solutions."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Certain exemplary embodiments disclosed herein include a method for tracking and preventing an execution of an application on a user device. The method comprises receiving a request to determine if an application is a restricted application for a user of the user device; receiving at least one context parameter respective of the application; receiving at least one variable related the user of the user device; determining whether the application is a restricted application based on the analysis of the at least one context parameter and the at least one variable parameter; and disabling an access of the user to contents of the application if the application is determined to be restricted.
"Certain exemplary embodiments disclosed herein include a system for tracking and preventing an execution of an application on a user device. The system comprises an interface to a network to communicate with at least the user device and a plurality of systems configured to provide variables related to the user capable of receiving a request to execute an application on the user device; a processor; and a memory coupled to the processor configured to store a plurality of instructions that when executed configure the system to: receive a request to determine if an application is a restricted application for a user of the user device; receive at least one context parameter respective of the application; receive at least one variable related to the user of the user device; determine whether the application is a restricted application based on the analysis of the at least one context parameter and the at least one variable parameter; and disable an access of the user to contents of the application if the application is determined to be restricted.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The subject matter disclosed herein is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
"FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a network system utilized to describe the various disclosed embodiments.
"FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method for tracking and preventing execution of restricted applications on a device in accordance with an embodiment."
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