Apparatus and method for identifying clients accessing network sites
Authentication for information exchange over a communication network
System and method for encrypting audit information in network applications
Method and architecture for multi-level commissioned advertising on a computer network Patent #: 6289318
ApplicationNo. 224625 filed on 12/31/1998
US Classes:713/168, Particular communication authentication technique713/170, Authentication of an entity and a message713/182SYSTEM ACCESS CONTROL BASED ON USER IDENTIFICATION BY CRYPTOGRAPHY
ExaminersPrimary: Peeso, Thomas R.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 001/24
AbstractA method of anonymously providing user information while browsing internet web sites by inputting a data information record into storage, dynamically generating a user alias, linking the user alias with the user data record to form a user infotmation record (UIR) and then transmitting the anonymous user information record automatically or in response to user commands. This alias identification is transmitted to a remote internet operating computer of a web site that receives the information inputted for collecting information, such as statistical or demographic information. Once the combined UIR has been formed, a communication protocol of the invention allows the user to deliver the UIR to any web site that is accessed. The protocol of the invention also allows the web site operator to read the UIR and aggregate any information it desires about the user. However, as noted, the web site can only gain access to the user's alias identification in combination with the user data. In this way the web site is enabled to collect general demographic information about its user base while being isolated from the true identity of the user. With such privacy the quality of the demographic information can be improved and the statistical reliability is improved by detection of repeat hits by the same user.