Activity recognition to confirm secure authentication of a user

Patent No. 10,169,562 

Issued: January 1, 2019
Filed: August 27, 2015
Term Extension: 134 days

Inventors: Bandyopadhyay; Sambaran (Hooghly, IN), Ekambaram; Vijay (Tamilnadu, IN), Sadacharam; Saravanan (Chennai, IN), Sree Prakash; Ashok Pon Kumar (Bangalore, IN) 
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A method of two-factor authentication for gaining access to an application using at least a first device and a second device registered to a user. The first and second devices each have a plurality of sensors for detecting activity modalities of the user on the first and the second devices and are in communication with a server computer. In the method, the server computer: receives credentials and detected activity modality for gaining access to the application from the first device; sends a request to the second device registered to the user for activity modality of the user; receives the detected activity modality from the second device; compares the detected activity modality of first device to the detected activity modality of the second device; and if the detected activity modalities of first device and the second device match, granting access to the user on the first device to the application.

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