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· IBM files new patent for a blockchain web browser
· IBM Files Application for Privacy-Focused Blockchain Web Browser
IBM files new patent for a blockchain web browser
Steve Kaaru, Coingeek
12 August 2019
American tech giant IBM has filed a new patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a blockchain-based web browser. According to the patent filing, the browser will maintain a record of browser events in a blockchain using a peer-to-peer network. A user gets to specify the kind of information the browser can record, which is then stored on a blockchain platform permanently.
Some of the information that the browser will record include the URLs of the websites that a user browses, search terms, saved bookmarks, security patches, geolocation, task performance and plugin installation.
The browser will allow the user to specify the type of information it can collect. Different settings including work or home modes will enable the user to control the amount of information shared.
The browser will enhance security and be able to thwart attacks by tracking and identifying malicious browser or code extensions, the patent states:
In one embodiment, the system and method of validating and determining the sensitivity of information may use information security such as that obtained from a vulnerability analysis, a taint analysis, an information flow security analysis, etc. That is, the chaincodes for validating transactions implement business logic(s) for tracking and validating unsafe or malicious browser/code extensions that may allow attackers to run their own code in the victim’s browser with elevated privileges.
IBM further claims that the browser will be able to...
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IBM Files Application for Privacy-Focused Blockchain Web Browser
IBM has submitted an application with the USPTO, for the development of a new blockchain-based web browser. The browser will transfer data and information through peer-to-peer nodes, storing them on a blockchain.
by Tolu Ajiboye, Coinspeaker
August 12th, 2019
IBM Corporation, the global technology firm, has made quite a few moves with several blockchain projects and partnerships across different industries and sectors. Now, the tech giant has filed an official patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for a blockchain-based web browser.
According to the application filed on the 6th of August, the browser will be based on a peer-to-peer network. The filing suggests that the browser will collect some specific data from browsing sessions and will then move said information through several nodes, for storage on the blockchain.
The publication also states the kind of information the new browser is to collect and store. Some of these include site history, geolocation, security patches, cookies, specific tabs, access method (web or mobile) and a few others. This information and many more can be transferred to the blockchain as it is being gathered.
The system will also allow a verified user to easily access any and all of the information that has been stored on the blockchain, from any device, anywhere in the world. This will be especially useful in the event that a user’s computer is breached as the said user would not have to worry about any loss.
The application also mentions an enhancement on security that sees authorization being ensured via a token system. These tokens would also range in their capacity, to ensure specific usage in different use cases. IBM then further allays any fears of data breaches or privacy in the patent. Regardless of the nature of the web browser – allowing potentially sensitive data to be transmitted – the filing suggests that advanced scan detection will be run perpetually. IBM also suggests that artificial intelligence (AI), may be applied.
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