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United States Patent Application 20170163664
Kind Code A1
Nagalla; Durga ;   et al. June 8, 2017

METHOD TO SECURE PROTECTED CONTENT ON A MOBILE DEVICE

Abstract

A method and device for securing data accessed by a mobile device. The mobile device detects a request to record content displayed on a display of the mobile device. A determination is then made regarding whether the content that was displayed on the screen when the request to record was received is protected content. If the displayed content was protected, then a third party is notified that a security breach has been detected. A remedial action is also performed regarding the security breach.


Inventors: Nagalla; Durga; (Woburn, MA) ; Deeb; Alexander; (Portsmouth, NH)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

BOTTOMLINE TECHNOLOGIES (DE) INC.

PORTSMOUTH

NH

US
Family ID: 1000001807675
Appl. No.: 14/959492
Filed: December 4, 2015


Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: H04L 63/1416 20130101; H04L 63/10 20130101; H04L 63/1441 20130101
International Class: H04L 29/06 20060101 H04L029/06

Claims



1. A mobile device configured to prevent electronic data from being compromised, the mobile device comprising: a non-transitory computer readable memory; a network interface; a display configured to display protected content and non-protected content; and a processor configured to: access protected content; detect a security breach by: receiving a request to record content currently displayed on the display; detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received; and determining that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content; and if a security breach is detected: notify a third party via the network interface that the security breach occurred; and perform a remedial action.

2. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the content is determined to be protected content if an application executed by the processor and generating the content being displayed is flagged as a protected application.

3. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the processor is configured to determine that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content by: notifying an application generating the content being displayed that the request to record content was received; and receiving from the application an indication that the content being displayed is the protected content.

4. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the notification that the security breach occurred includes information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device.

5. The mobile device of claim 4, wherein the identifying information includes at least one of a username, a geo-location of the device, a device identifier, or an image captured by a camera of the mobile device after the request to record was received.

6. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the notification to the third party includes multiple notifications sent to different network locations.

7. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the notification that the security breach occurred includes a record of the content displayed on the display when the request was received.

8. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the remedial action comprises at least one of deleting data stored on the mobile device, capturing an image of a user of the mobile device when the request to capture a screen shot was received, disabling the mobile device, or disabling login credentials used to access the protected content.

9. The mobile device of claim 1, wherein the processor performs the remedial action after receiving a request via the network interface to perform the remedial action.

10. A method to prevent data viewed on a mobile device from being compromised, the method comprising: receiving a request to record content currently displayed on a display of the mobile device; detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received; determining if the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content; if the content displayed when the request was received is the protected content: notify a third party via a network interface of the mobile device that the security breach occurred; and perform a remedial action.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the content is determined to be protected content if an application generating the content being displayed is flagged as a protected application.

12. The method of claim 10, wherein the content displayed on the display when the request was received is determined to be the protected content by: notifying an application generating the content being displayed that the request to record content was received; and receiving from the application an indication that the content being displayed is the protected content.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein the notification that the security breach occurred includes information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the identifying information includes at least one of a username, a geo-location of the device, a device identifier, or an image captured by a camera of the mobile device after the request to record was received.

15. The method of claim 10, wherein the notification that the security breach occurred includes a record of the content displayed on the display when the request was received.

16. The method of claim 10, wherein the remedial action comprises at least one of deleting data stored on the mobile device, capturing an image of a user of the mobile device when the request to capture a screen shot was received, disabling the mobile device, or disabling login credentials used to access the protected content.

17. The method of claim 10, wherein the remedial action is performed after receiving a request to perform the remedial action.

18. A system configured to prevent data viewed on a mobile device from being compromised, the system including: the mobile device comprising: a non-transitory computer readable memory, a network interface, and a display; and a processor configured to: access protected content; detect a security breach by: receiving a request to record content currently displayed on the display; detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received; and determining that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content; and if a security breach is detected, sending a notification to a third party computer via the network interface, wherein the notification indicates that the security breach occurred; and the third party computer comprising: a communication interface configured to communicate with the network interface of the mobile device and receive the notification from the mobile device; a processor configured to: receive the notification from the communication interface, wherein the notification includes information regarding the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received and a user of the mobile device; determine the nature of the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received; based on the nature of the protected content and the user of the mobile device, determine a remedial action to perform; send an indication of the remedial action to perform to the mobile device; wherein the processor of the mobile device is further configured to perform the remedial action indicated by the third party computer.
Description



TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to data security and, more particularly, to a method and system for securing electronic data on a mobile device.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Mobile devices are frequently being used to access sensitive and protected data. For example, healthcare professionals are able to receive the results of medical tests, view diagnostic images, and review patient records using mobile devices. As the amount of electronic data has dramatically increased over the past decade, so have the number of data breaches, resulting in billions of private records being stolen. For this reason, much research has gone into improved methods of securing data.

[0003] Current methods for protecting data generally utilize sophisticated encryption schemes and/or multi-factor authentication in order to ensure that only authorized users gain access to the data. These current methods "trigger" on "who" is accessing the data and the current methods are typically constructed and deployed as "layers" of security starting potentially as true physical layers at the perimeter and culminating as encrypt/decrypt schemes.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The methods for protecting data described above do not adequately protect user data. For example, the above security measures do nothing to prevent a user that has the correct access credentials from copying and transferring protected data. This problem is particularly prevalent in mobile devices where a user (authorized or otherwise) can simply perform a screen capture of the protected data. At this point, the user is free to transfer the screen capture of the protected data. This is a problem unique to mobile devices in that the devices are frequently taken into public and are capable of accessing sensitive data. In this way, if a user leaves their phone unlocked in public, a third party can pick up the phone and take a screen capture of the data. The screen capture can be transferred from the phone without the user ever being aware. Mobile devices, unlike personal computers and physical paperwork, are taken frequently into public places and are more likely to be left unattended on a table, in a bag, etc. than a print out of sensitive data or a computer would be.

[0005] The present disclosure provides a method for securing data by detecting a request to record content, determining whether the content to be recorded is protected, notifying a third party that a security breach has been detected, and performing a remedial action.

[0006] According to one aspect of the disclosure, there is provided a mobile device configured to prevent electronic data from being compromised. The mobile device includes: a non-transitory computer readable memory, a network interface, a display configured to display protected content and non-protected content, and a processor. The processor is configured to access protected content and detect a security breach. The processor detects a security breach by: receiving a request to record content currently displayed on the display; detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received; and determining that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content. If a security breach is detected, the processor notifies a third party via the network interface that the security breach occurred and performs a remedial action.

[0007] Alternatively or additionally, the content is determined to be protected content if an application executed by the processor and generating the content being displayed is flagged as a protected application.

[0008] Alternatively or additionally, the processor is configured to determine that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content by: notifying an application generating the content being displayed that the request to record content was received and receiving from the application an indication that the content being displayed is the protected content.

[0009] Alternatively or additionally, the notification that the security breach occurred includes information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device.

[0010] Alternatively or additionally, the identifying information includes at least one of a username, a geo-location of the device, a device identifier, or an image captured by a camera of the mobile device after the request to record was received.

[0011] Alternatively or additionally, the notification to the third party includes multiple notifications sent to different network locations.

[0012] Alternatively or additionally, the notification that the security breach occurred includes a record of the content displayed on the display when the request was received.

[0013] Alternatively or additionally, the remedial action includes at least one of deleting data stored on the mobile device, capturing an image of a user of the mobile device when the request to capture a screen shot was received, disabling the mobile device, or disabling login credentials used to access the protected content.

[0014] Alternatively or additionally, the processor performs the remedial action after receiving a request via the network interface to perform the remedial action.

[0015] According to another aspect of the disclosure, there is provided a method to prevent data viewed on a mobile device from being compromised. The method includes receiving a request to record content currently displayed on a display of the mobile device and detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received. The method also includes determining if the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content. If the content displayed when the request was received is the protected content: the method notifies a third party via a network interface of the mobile device that the security breach occurred and performs a remedial action.

[0016] Alternatively or additionally, the content is determined to be protected content if an application generating the content being displayed is flagged as a protected application.

[0017] Alternatively or additionally, the content displayed on the display when the request was received is determined to be the protected content by: notifying an application generating the content being displayed that the request to record content was received and receiving from the application an indication that the content being displayed is the protected content.

[0018] Alternatively or additionally, the notification that the security breach occurred includes information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device.

[0019] Alternatively or additionally, the identifying information includes at least one of a username, a geo-location of the device, a device identifier, or an image captured by a camera of the mobile device after the request to record was received.

[0020] Alternatively or additionally, the notification that the security breach occurred includes a record of the content displayed on the display when the request was received.

[0021] Alternatively or additionally, the remedial action includes at least one of deleting data stored on the mobile device, capturing an image of a user of the mobile device when the request to capture a screen shot was received, disabling the mobile device, or disabling login credentials used to access the protected content.

[0022] Alternatively or additionally, the remedial action is performed after receiving a request to perform the remedial action.

[0023] According to a further aspect of the disclosure, there is provided a system configured to prevent data viewed on a mobile device from being compromised. The system includes a mobile device including: a non-transitory computer readable memory, a network interface, and a display. The mobile device also includes a processor configured to access protected content and detect a security breach by: receiving a request to record content currently displayed on the display, detecting the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received;, and determining that the content displayed on the display when the request was received is the protected content. If a security breach is detected, the processor sends a notification to a third party computer via the network interface. The notification indicates that the security breach occurred. The system also includes a third party computer. The third party computer includes a communication interface configured to communicate with the network interface of the mobile device and receive the notification from the mobile device and a processor. The processor of the third party computer is configured to: receive the notification from the communication interface, determine the nature of the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received, based on the nature of the protected content and the user of the mobile device, determine a remedial action to perform, and send an indication of the remedial action to perform to the mobile device. The notification includes information regarding the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received and a user of the mobile device. The processor of the mobile device is further configured to perform the remedial action indicated by the third party computer.

[0024] A number of features are described herein with respect to embodiments of this disclosure. Features described with respect to a given embodiment also may be employed in connection with other embodiments.

[0025] For a better understanding of the present disclosure, together with other and further aspects thereof, reference is made to the following description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. The scope of the disclosure is set forth in the appended claims, which set forth in detail certain illustrative embodiments. These embodiments are indicative, however, of but a few of the various ways in which the principles of the disclosure may be employed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0026] FIG. 1 is a block diagram representing a system for protecting electronic data accessed via a mobile device.

[0027] FIG. 2 is a ladder diagram illustrating communication between the operating system, application, display, and server within the system of FIG. 1.

[0028] FIG. 3 is a flow diagram representing a method for protecting electronic data accessed via a mobile device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0029] The present invention is now described in detail with reference to the drawings. In the drawings, each element with a reference number is similar to other elements with the same reference number independent of any letter designation following the reference number. In the text, a reference number with a specific letter designation following the reference number refers to the specific element with the number and letter designation and a reference number without a specific letter designation refers to all elements with the same reference number independent of any letter designation following the reference number in the drawings.

[0030] It should be appreciated that many of the elements discussed in this specification may be implemented in a hardware circuit(s), a processor executing software code or instructions which are encoded within computer readable media accessible to the processor, or a combination of a hardware circuit(s) and a processor or control block of an integrated circuit executing machine readable code encoded within a computer readable media. As such, the term circuit, module, server, application, or other equivalent description of an element as used throughout this specification is, unless otherwise indicated, intended to encompass a hardware circuit (whether discrete elements or an integrated circuit block), a processor or control block executing code encoded in a computer readable media, or a combination of a hardware circuit(s) and a processor and/or control block executing such code.

[0031] The present disclosure provides a method and device for securing data accessed by a mobile device. The mobile device detects a request to record content displayed on a display of the mobile device. A determination is then made regarding whether the content that was displayed on the screen when the request to record was received is protected content. If the displayed content was protected, then a third party is notified that a security breach has been detected. A remedial action is also performed regarding the security breach.

[0032] FIG. 1 depicts a system 10 for preventing electronic data from being compromised. In particular, the system prevents protected content from being copied and transferred from the mobile device. The system 10 includes a mobile device 12 and a server 14. The mobile device 12 includes a processor 20 and a memory 22 storing an application 24 and an operating system 28. The application 24 and operating system 28 are executable programs that are executed by the processor 20 of the mobile device 12. The application 24 generates content that is displayed on a display 30 of the mobile device. Some of the content displayed on the display 30 is the protected content.

[0033] The server 14 may be a computer system of one or more computers or servers. The mobile device 12 may comprise a cellular phone, smart phone, tablet, or any other portable electronic device capable of executing the application 24 and operating system 28. The mobile device 12 and server 14 each include at least a processor, a network interface, and non-transitory computer readable medium. The computer readable medium may include encoded thereon instructions for interfacing with the corresponding network interface and reading and writing data to the corresponding computer readable medium. The computer readable medium may also include computer programs (including the application 24) comprising instructions embodied thereon that are executed by the corresponding processor.

[0034] The mobile device 12 includes a display 30 configured to display protected content and non-protected content. The display 30 may comprise any suitable display for rendering content, such as a liquid crystal display (LCD), organic light-emitting diode (OLED), light-emitting diode (LED), electronic ink (E-ink), etc. The content displayed by the display 30 may be determined by the operating system 28 and/or applications executed by the processor 20 of the mobile device 12. For example, the application 24 may access protected content 26 stored on the server 14 and display the protected content on the display 30.

[0035] The processor 20 is configured to access the protected content 26. For example, as explained above, the processor 20 may execute the application 24 that accesses protected content 26 stored on the server 14. Alternatively, the protected content 26 may be stored on the non-transitory computer readable medium 22 of the mobile device 12 and accessed by the application 24.

[0036] As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the processor 20 may have various implementations. For example, the processor 20 may include any suitable device, such as a programmable circuit, integrated circuit, memory and I/O circuits, an application specific integrated circuit, microcontroller, complex programmable logic device, other programmable circuits, or the like. The processor 20 may also include a non-transitory computer readable medium, such as random access memory (RAM), a read-only memory (ROM), an erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM or Flash memory), or any other suitable medium. The processor 20 may be communicatively coupled to the computer readable medium 22 and network interface 32 through a system bus, mother board, or using any other suitable structure known in the art.

[0037] The processor 20 is also configured to detect a security breach. The processor 20 detects the security breach by receiving a request 56 to record content currently displayed on the display 30. The request 56 to record content may comprise a user attempting to perform a screen capture of content currently being displayed on the display 30. The request 56 to perform a screen capture may be initiated by a user pressing a predefined combination of keys on an input 34 of the mobile device 12. For example, by simultaneously pushing a physical power button and a physical home screen button of the mobile device 12.

[0038] Upon receiving the request 56 to record content currently displayed, the processor 20 is configured to determine whether the content displayed on the display 30 when the request was received is protected content 26. That is, the processor 20 is configured to determine whether the displayed content was protected content or non-protected content. The processor 20 may determine that the content being displayed is protected content 26 if an application 24 (executed by the processor 20) generating the content being displayed is flagged as a protected application. That is, the application 24 may be flagged as a protected application such that any content being generated by the application 24 is assumed to be protected content 26. An application 24 may be flagged as a protected application if the process id, the name of the application, the location and name of the executable file, or any other suitable identifying characteristic of the application is stored in a database or list of protected applications stored on the non-transitory computer readable medium 22.

[0039] Alternatively or additionally, the processor 20 may notify the application 24 generating the content that a request 56 to record was received. The application 24 may then indicate whether the content being displayed was protected content 26 when the request 56 was received. In this way, an application 24 that displays both protected and non-protected content may determine the type of content that was being displayed when the request 56 was received. Upon determining the type of content displayed when the request 56 was received, the application 24 may notify the operating system 28 whether the content was protected content 26. For example, the application 24 may determine whether content currently displayed is protected content 26 based on an identifier associated with the content, the location the content was accessed from, or using any other tag or identifier capable of labeling content as protected content or non-protected content. The application 24 may also store a historical record of when protected content was displayed over a limited duration of time. For example, the application 24 may store a record of when protected content was displayed over the past 10 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second, 200 milliseconds, or any other suitable duration of time.

[0040] If it is determined that the content being displayed when the request 56 was received is protected content 26, then the processor 20 determines that a security breach is detected. If a security breach is detected, the processor 20 is configured to optionally notify a third party that the security breach occurred and/or perform a remedial action.

[0041] The mobile device 12 may notify a third party computer (e.g., the server 14) that a security breach occurred via the network interface 32. That is, the processor 20 may cause the network interface 32 to send a notification via a network 44 that the security breach occurred. As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the network 44 may comprise a private network, the internet, a wired network, a wireless network, or any other suitable network allowing the mobile device 12 and the third party to communicate with one another.

[0042] The mobile device 12 is not limited to notifying a single computer device that a security breach occurred, but may instead notify multiple devices (e.g., more than one server) that a security breach occurred. That is, the notification to the third party may include multiple notifications sent to different network locations. The parties notified when a breach occurred may be determined by the application 24 generating the protected content 26. Additionally, the parties contacted may be determined based upon the content being displayed when the security breach occurred. For example, there may be multiple tiers of protected content 26 (e.g., low, medium, and high). In this example, if a security breach occurred while low tier protected content 26 was displayed, then a first server 14a may be notified. If a security breach occurred while medium tier protected content 26 was displayed, then a second server 14b (in place of or in addition to the first server 14a) may be notified (or no notification may be sent). If a security breach occurred while high tier protected content 26 was displayed, then a third server 14c (in place of or in addition to the first server 14a and second server 14b) may be notified.

[0043] The notification that the security breach occurred may include information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device. The identifying information may include any suitable information for identifying the mobile device 12 or a user of the mobile device, including a username used to sign into the mobile device 12 or used to access the protected content 26, a geo-location of the device 12, a device identifier, or an image captured by a camera of the mobile device after the request to record was received. The device identifier may comprise a MAC address, a serial number, or any information used to uniquely identify the mobile device 12. The notification that the security breach occurred may additionally or alternatively include a record of the content displayed on the display when the security breach occurred.

[0044] The processor 20 is also configured to perform a remedial action upon detecting a security breach. The remedial action may be performed before, after, or in place of notifying a third party as described previously. The remedial action may include deleting data stored on the mobile device, capturing an image of a user of the mobile device when the request to capture a screen shot was received, disabling the mobile device, and/or disabling login credentials used to access the protected content. The remedial action may be specified by the application 24 or may be initiated by the third party notified of the security breach. For example, upon receiving the notification of the security breach, the server 14 may instruct the processor 20 to perform a given remedial action. This instruction may be sent to the mobile device 12 via the network 44. In this example, the processor 20 performs the remedial action after receiving a request via the network interface 44 to perform the remedial action. In one example, a default remedial action may be initiated by the application 24 (e.g., disabling login credentials) and instruction to perform an additional or alternative remedial action (e.g., disabling the mobile device) may be sent by the third party.

[0045] In one embodiment, the third party computer receiving the notification of the security breach includes a communication interface configured to communicate with the network interface of the mobile device and receive the notification from the mobile device. The third party computer also includes a processor configured to receive the notification from the communication interface. In this embodiment, the notification includes information regarding the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received and a user of the mobile device. The processor determines the nature of the protected content displayed on the display when the request was received. For example, the processor may determine the nature of the protected content displayed by comparing the displayed content to the content stored on the third party computer. Based on the nature of the protected content and the user of the mobile device, the processor determines a remedial action to perform. The processor may determine the remedial action by using a lookup table. Finally, the third party computer sends an indication of the remedial action to perform to the mobile device 12.

[0046] FIG. 2 depicts communication of data within the mobile device 12 and between the mobile device 12 and the server 14. In the figure, the application 24 running on the mobile device 12, optionally sends a request for protected content 52 to the server 14. For example, if a user requests to view their bank statement or other financial data, a request for protected content 52 may be sent to the server 14. The server 14 receives the request 52 and, assuming that all required security procedures are satisfied (e.g., the user authenticates with the server), protected content 26 is sent to the application 24. Alternatively, the protected content 52 may be stored within the memory 22 of the mobile device 12. In this example, the application 24 may access the protected content 26 directly from the memory 22 without sending a request for protected content 52 to the server 14.

[0047] Upon receiving the protected content 54, the application 24 causes the display 30 to display the protected content 26. The mobile device 12 also includes a device input 34. If the operating system 28 receives a request to record displayed content 56 from the device input 34, then the request 56 may be passed to the application 24. Alternatively, as opposed to passing the request to record 56 to the application 24, the operating system 28 may request information regarding the content displayed at the time that the request to record content 56 was received. In either case, the application 24 may notify the operating system 28 that a security breach occurred 28 if the content being displayed when the request to record 56 was received was protected content. The application 24 may alternatively or additionally notify the server 14 if a security breach 28 occurred.

[0048] After it is determined that a security breach 28 occurred, instructions to perform a remedial action 60 may be received. The instructions may be received by at least one of the server 14, the operating system 28, or the application 24. The instructions to perform the remedial action 60 may be provided by at least one of the server 14, the operating system 28, or the application 24. For example, the application 24 may contain a list of default remedial actions to perform until further instructions are received from the operating system 28 or the server 14. For example, the application 24 may be configured to only display non-protected content until further instructions are received from the server 14. The server 14 may then send instructions to perform a remedial action, such as locking down the application 24 so that no content is accessible through the application 24.

[0049] Turning to FIG. 3, a block diagram is shown depicting a method 100 for securing data by detecting a request to record content. Following the start of the method 100 in process block 102, the method 100 determines in decision block 104 whether a request to record content currently displayed on a display of the mobile device was received. If a request was not received, then the method returns back to decision block 104. If a request was received, then process block 108 is performed.

[0050] In process block 108, the content displayed on the display when the request to record currently displayed content was received is detected. In process block 110, it is determined whether the content displayed on the display when the request was received is protected content or non-protected content. As described above, the type of content displayed may be determined by the application 24 generating the content being displayed. For example, if the application 24 is identified as a protected application, then any content displayed by the application 24 is determined to be protected content. Alternatively, the application 24 may be polled to determine whether the content being displayed when the request was received is protected content. In decision block 112, if the displayed content is non-protected content, then the method returns to decision block 104. If the displayed content is protected content, then the method 100 moves to process block 114.

[0051] In process block 114, a third party is notified that a security breach has occurred. As described above, the notification that the security breach occurred may include information identifying at least one of the mobile device or a user of the mobile device. The notification that a security breach occurred may alternatively or additionally include a record of the content displayed on the display when the request was received. In process block 116, a remedial action is performed. As described above the remedial action may be performed only after receiving a request to perform the remedial action.

[0052] The method 100 may run as a background process on the mobile device 12. The method 100 may be included as a part of the operating system 28, the application 24, or as a standalone application.

[0053] Data (e.g., the request for protected content 52, the protected content 26, notification that a security breach occurred 58, and remedial action 60) may be transferred over a network 44 connecting the mobile device 12 and the server 14. The network 44 may be at least one of a TCP/IP network or a system bus. For example, when a user attempts to transfer data via a USB port, the network 44 would comprise the system bus connecting the USB port and the memory 22 of the mobile device 12.

[0054] As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the network 44 is not limited to a single LAN, but may comprise any suitable network of devices. For example, the predefined areas 80 may comprise a collection of LANs, a Bluetooth Network, the Internet, etc.

[0055] As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the transmission of data (e.g., the request for protected content 52, the protected content 26, notification that a security breach occurred 58, and remedial action 60) may be transmitted using any suitable protocol (e.g., TCP/IP, Bluetooth, SMTP, HTTP, SSL, PPP, IMAP, or any other suitable network protocol).

[0056] The processor of the mobile device 12 may identify the location of the corresponding device using a global positioning system (GPS) device, cellular triangulation, WI-FI positioning, or any other suitable technique or device to determine location.

[0057] As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the processors of the mobile device 12 and server 14 may have various implementations. For example, each of the processors may include any suitable device, such as a programmable circuit, integrated circuit, memory and I/O circuits, an application specific integrated circuit, microcontroller, complex programmable logic device, other programmable circuits, or the like. Each of the processors may also include a non-transitory computer readable medium, such as random access memory (RAM), a read-only memory (ROM), an erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM or Flash memory), or any other suitable medium. Instructions for performing the methods described above may be stored in the non-transitory computer readable medium and executed by the respective processor identified in the description of the method. Each of the processors may be communicatively coupled to the respective computer readable medium and network interface through a system bus, mother board, or using any other suitable structure known in the art.

[0058] The network interfaces of the mobile device 12, server 14, and predetermined server 14 may each be communicatively coupled to one or more other host devices 12 and receiving devices 14 via a network 44. The network 44 may be an open network, such as the Internet, a private network, such as a virtual private network, or any other suitable network. Each of the network interface may be configured to transmit and/or receive data.

[0059] As will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, each of the network interfaces may comprise a wireless network adaptor, an Ethernet network card, or any suitable device for performing network based communication between devices. Each of the network interface may be communicatively coupled to the respective computer readable medium such that each network interface is able to send data stored on the respective computer readable medium across the network 44 and store received data on the respective computer readable medium. Each of the network interface may also be communicatively coupled to the respective processor such that the processor is able to control operation of the network interface. The respective network interfaces, computer readable medium, and processors may be communicatively coupled through a system bus, mother board, or using any other suitable manner as will be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art.

[0060] Although the invention has been shown and described with respect to certain exemplary embodiments, it is obvious that equivalents and modifications will occur to others skilled in the art upon the reading and understanding of the specification. It is envisioned that after reading and understanding the present invention those skilled in the art may envision other processing states, events, and processing steps to further the objectives of system of the present invention. The present invention includes all such equivalents and modifications, and is limited only by the scope of the following claims.

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