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IBM invention enables secure notification pushing

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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In its bid to address mobile security challenge, IBM has patented a push notification technology that maintains the confidentiality of the data sent and received by mobile devices.

Researchers at IBM found that while privacy has since been a priority in data sharing via mobile networks, there are insufficient security protocols in applications, thus exposing personal or sensitive informationincluding credit card or bank activityto service providers.

The IBM technology involves a cloud-based service that enables developers to create applications that can encrypt data notifications, and assign them a unique message identifier in the cloud that is securely transmitted to a mobile device via a third-party service provider. Once the end-user's device authorises the message, the recipient can pull down and access the encrypted message content from the cloud.

"This patented invention will enable developers and service providers to design and build applications that ensure sensitive or personal information is not inadvertently exposed across mobile networks," said Benjamin Fletcher, inventor and software engineering researcher, IBM. "Regardless of the nature of data being pushed to or from a mobile device, it should never be exposed to third-parties since they cannot always guarantee the security and confidentiality to customers."

IBM received U.S. Patent #8,634,810, "Pushing secure notifications to mobile computing devices," for the invention.

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