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Controlling user access to electronic resources without password

United States Patent

June 16, 2015
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Described herein are devices and techniques for remotely controlling user access to a restricted computer resource. The process includes pre-determining an association of the restricted computer resource and computer-resource-proximal environmental information. Indicia of user-proximal environmental information are received from a user requesting access to the restricted computer resource. Received indicia of user-proximal environmental information are compared to associated computer-resource-proximal environmental information. User access to the restricted computer resource is selectively granted responsive to a favorable comparison in which the user-proximal environmental information is sufficiently similar to the computer-resource proximal environmental information. In at least some embodiments, the process further includes comparing user-supplied biometric measure and comparing it with a predetermined association of at least one biometric measure of an authorized user. Access to the restricted computer resource is granted in response to a favorable comparison.
Smith; Fred Hewitt (Old Town, ME)
13/ 410,287
March 1, 2012
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. DE-FG02-08ER5047 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in this invention.