Avast has been granted a patent for a method that detects user attempts to access a network service, sends requests with empty and artificial personally identifiable data, and prompts for genuine data if access fails. This innovative approach enhances security and user consent in accessing online services. GlobalData’s report on Avast gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Avast, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Avast's grant share as of February 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for accessing network resource with artificial and genuine data

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Avast Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11924218B2) outlines a method for enhancing security during user access to services enabled by a computing system via a network. The method involves detecting user attempts to access a service, transmitting requests with personally identifiable data structures, determining failures to access the service, and prompting users for consent to access the service using genuine personally identifiable information. This innovative approach aims to improve user verification processes and enhance overall security measures during service access.

Furthermore, the patent also describes an electronic system comprising a computing device with programming instructions that enable the device to perform the aforementioned operations. By detecting user attempts, transmitting requests with empty or artificial personally identifiable information, and ultimately gaining access to the service with genuine user information after receiving consent, this system offers a comprehensive solution to address security concerns during user interactions with computing systems. Overall, this patent introduces a method and system that prioritize user consent and genuine identification information to ensure secure access to services via a network, particularly when accessing webpages hosted by the computing system.

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