Apple’s New Invention: Are you the type of person who is always misplacing passwords? If so, you are just like many. And Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) knows that there are a lot of you out there.
With a new invention, Apple is hoping to change the way that people remember passwords. Even more so, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying to change the system altogether.
In short, Apple has been granted a patent that would allow owners of its devices to store a “password recovery secret on a peripheral” as a means of eliminating traditional methods of recovery.
Who would have thought you could use more technology to combat one of the biggest problems that users of technology face?
Here is the abstract from Apple’s original patent, entitled System and method for storing a password recovery secret:
“Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for storing a password recovery secret on a peripheral such as a power adapter by receiving a password recovery secret at the power adapter via an interface with the computing device, and storing the password recovery secret on a memory in the power adapter. The password recovery secret can be recovered by requesting the password recovery secret from the power adapter, wherein the password recovery secret is associated with a computing device, receiving the password recovery secret from the memory of the power adapter, and recovering a password based on the password recovery secret. The power adapter can include an electrical source interface, an electronic device interface, an intermediate module to adapt electricity between the interfaces, a memory, and a memory interface through which a password recovery secret is received for storage in the memory.”
As you read through the abstract, you may realize that there are a lot of steps you would have to take in order to actually recover your password.
But as you know, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) does its best to keep things as simple as possible. You can be rest assured if this Apple technology ever makes its way to the public that it will be simple to use.
This could be a huge upgrade over traditional password recovery methods, both for individual users as well as those in a corporate environment.
It is safe to say that there is plenty of work to be done before something like this is ever made a reality by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). However, it is a great idea that could change the way that many people use technology.
The patent was filed for on July 1, 2010. Guy Leslie Tribble is listed as the inventor.
Here’s how the system works: