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Austin Man Invents Password Security Method To Defeat Hackers
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U.S. Patent 7,949,879: Secure password entry

Texas Business reports:  An Austin man invented a password security method to defeat hackers.

Amos P. Waterland received U.S. Patent 7,949,879  for “Secure password entry.”

Waterland filed for the patent on April 22, 2009.

The patent assignee is International Business Machiness of Armonk, New York.

Waterland’s invention improves secure password entry by displaying a password prompt made of  a changing stream of random characters.  A particular character within the stream of random characters is displayed at a visibly detectable higher frequency.

A user selects a password character by entering input to increment or decrement the particular high frequency character to reach the password character, such that any unauthorized keystroke logging to detect said password is ineffective.

Once the user reaches the password character, the user provides another input indicating a selection of the current high frequency character as the password character.

Once the user has selected all the characters of the password, the user enters an input indicating the password is complete and the password entry controller then passes the password to the calling layer.