“On February 25, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced touch screen login system that uses a signet based concept that could take on many shapes – such as a specialized card or cool ring,” jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “In fact, it would act very much like a secret decoder ring was supposed to – though you won’t find it in your cereal or Cracker Jack box – hopefully, that is.”
“The signet based system could act as a form of security system and the actions could initiate when logging onto your home computer or a computer network so as to permit authorized individuals access to restricted areas of the computer or computer network, loading a user profile associated with a user’s preferred arrangement of the computer desktop and so forth,” Purcher reports. “The signet based system would or could apply to all present and future Apple touch screen based systems and the patent in fact makes it clear that that will include the iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro and also extend to public computer systems at schools, libraries, kiosks, gaming machines, restaurant reservation terminals and more.”
Purcher reports, “This could and should be a lot easier to use than keying in a sophisticated security password while making it incredibly more difficult for hackers to crack – being that the signet could include patterns and shapes unique to the individual user or institution.”
Much more, including patent app illustrations, in the full article here.