United States Patent 7,552,464
Turner , et al. June 23, 2009

Techniques for presenting network identities at a human interface


Techniques for presenting identification of a remote network entity to a human user include determining one or more vectors of presentation elements that are readily distinguishable and memorable to a user. Message data is received from a remote process on the network and includes a network identity that uniquely identifies an associated remote entity. The network identity is input to a secure function to produce a secure number. A secure function produces dissimilar output values for similar input values. A particular presentation element is selected from a vector based only on the secure number and presented to the user. Even when the network identity is similar to that of a trusted entity, the particular presentation element is expected to be dissimilar to one associated with the trusted entity.

Inventors: Turner; Bryan (Cary, NC), Toebes; John A. (Cary, NC)
Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.: 11/045,664
Filed: January 29, 2005

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