Acronis International has been granted a patent for a method and system to protect files indirectly related to user activity. The method involves identifying files directly accessed by a user, determining the application that provides access to the file, identifying program files utilized by the application, determining if the program files are required, identifying threats that can target the program files, and performing data protection actions accordingly. GlobalData’s report on Acronis International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method for protecting files indirectly related to user activity

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Acronis International GmbH

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11762985B2) describes a method and system for protecting files indirectly related to user activity on a computing device. The method involves identifying a file directly accessed by a user and determining the application that provides access to the file. It then identifies the program files utilized by the application during execution. For each program file, it determines if it is required by the application to provide access to the file. If a program file is required, it determines the type of threat that can target that file and performs a data protection action based on the identified threat.

The patent also includes additional features such as determining the likelihood of a program file being targeted by a threat and prioritizing the data protection action based on this likelihood. It further describes the use of a server or a machine learning algorithm to provide indications of program files that are required for accessing the file. These indications can be based on usage information collected from multiple computing devices or through the analysis of program files.

The system described in the patent includes a hardware processor that carries out the steps of the method. It determines the required program files, identifies threats, and performs data protection actions accordingly. The system also includes instructions for prioritizing program files based on the likelihood of being targeted by a threat.

In summary, the granted patent outlines a method and system for protecting files indirectly related to user activity on a computing device. By identifying required program files and determining potential threats, the system can take appropriate data protection actions. The patent also introduces features such as likelihood-based prioritization and the use of a server or machine learning algorithm for providing indications of required program files.

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