Authernative, Inc., the developer of innovative user authentication and identity management technologies, announced that the European Patent Office has granted the company its patent for a user authentication method.The newly issued patent number EP1434408 titled "Authentication System and Method Based upon Random Partial Pattern Recognition" describes a "what user knows" authentication method which provides stronger security than traditional passwords.
Unlike the standard static password recognition algorithm which requires the user to enter the entire password in one authentication session, the patented Random Partial Pattern Recognition algorithm requests only a random session-specific subset of the user's credential. This technology significantly reduces the credential's entropy leakage and renders one-time authentication responses difficult to compromise. Moreover, the method's virtual keyboards and menus containing alpha-numeric characters, images or colors enable high combinatorial security and an easy cognitive way to select, remember and enter the user's credentials. The combination of these security and usability features provide stronger protection against known attacks while delivering a simple and more engaging user experience.
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