Maine Patent of the Month – February 2021

Remote logins require a user to provide identification and a password, which can easily be stolen or compromised. Passwords are required to be long and complicated to reduce the risk of infiltration which often results in forgotten passwords. Angel Secure Networks, Inc. has developed a separate device which facilitates authentication and removes the need for passwords.


Their method requires a server to use an encryption key to decrypt authentication information to provide access. With their method, when the server requires access to a particular encrypted file system, a chain of software agents work collaboratively to provide a key which allows decryption of the file system thereby allowing access to the system. After use, the key is destroyed so that it cannot be used again. The chain of software agents detect where the request is coming from to see if it is a fraudulent or legitimate user. The processor receives the request and determines if it is a legitimate user. Assuming the user is legitimate, the processor generates a token and forwards it to the user device. Upon receiving the token, access is authorized. This method provides a more automated and secure authentication method reducing the need to control and change passwords. 


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