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"Passwords for Touch-Based Platforms Using Time-Based Finger Taps" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 26, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventor Quintanilla, Frank (Cedar Park, TX), filed on February 7, 2013, was made available online on August 14, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Dell Products L. P.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to the field of information handling systems and more particularly to input gestures used with information handling systems.

"As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option available to users is information handling systems. An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes thereby allowing users to take advantage of the value of the information. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements vary between different users or applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems.

"In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of ensuring the security of information handling systems of all kinds. In response, various approaches to authentication have evolved, including text-based passwords, security tokens (e.g., smartcards, dongles, etc.), and biometrics (e.g., fingerprint readers, retina scanners, etc.). However, the recent advent of portable devices such as cell phones, portable digital assistants (PDAs), and tablet computers pose challenges when implementing these approaches.

"As an example, many of these devices now incorporate a touch-sensitive screen that can be used as a 'virtual' keyboard, which can prove cumbersome to use when entering a text-based password. As a result, some users do not like to use, and are slowed down, by these virtual keyboards. Furthermore, many of these devices also lack biometric readers or ports suitable for the implementation of security tokens."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with the present invention, a gesture-based method for authenticating a user is disclosed. More specifically, the gesture-based method for authenticating a user includes using a predetermined sequence of finger taps instead of a traditional text-based, smartcard or biometric method of user authentication. In various embodiments, a sequence of finger taps is entered by the user via a touch-sensitive device, which is then processed to generate an authentication finger tap sequence. The resulting authentication finger tap sequence is similar to musical notation, with each finger tap having a corresponding timecode.

"The same sequence of finger taps is then used to authenticate the user. More specifically, in one embodiment, the user of an information handling system is prompted to use a touch-sensitive device to enter a finger tap sequence input gesture for authentication. Once detected, the finger tap sequence input gesture is processed to generate a passcode finger tap sequence. The passcode finger tap sequence is then compared to the previously generated authentication finger tap sequence. If the two finger tap sequences match (i.e., the passcode finger tap sequence corresponds to the previously generated authentication finger tap sequence), then the user is authenticated."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Quintanilla, Frank. Passwords for Touch-Based Platforms Using Time-Based Finger Taps. Filed February 7, 2013 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L. P., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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