Appe patent (unusual user behavior 001)

Apple is researching new methods of securing data on your iPhone by sending an alert to another device or locking it altogether to protect against theft should it detect a pattern of unusual behavior.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office today published an Apple patent for “Generating notifications based on user behavior”.

The document outlines a method by which an iPhone could automatically lock itself or set off an alert in case it detects unusual changes in user behavior. Read on for more…

According to the patent abstract, Apple’s invention would verify current user patterns against the behavior-data patterns generated from previously-received behavior data of an original user.

Behavior data cited in the document include motion sensor data, gestural patterns and even stuff like grammar and vocabulary and keyboard orientation preferences. Your iPhone would harvest all this data over time in order to gradually build a profile of who you are as a mobile device user.

AppleInsider sheds more light:

For example, an iPhone’s accelerometer generates data about a user’s gait, then compares that information with data stored either onboard or on a remote server. Analysis may also take place offsite on a pattern learning server.

Should it determine that a current user is potentially different from the original user based on the comparison of the behavior data with the historical patterns, the device would lock itself immediately until the current user is verified as the original user.

This would be accomplished by asking the current user to either enter their iTunes password or renew their Touch ID verification in order to confirm their identity.

TechCrunch digs deeper:

The patent also shows how it could tell a care worker when an elderly device owner starts exhibiting unusual behavior or stops using their device.

The system could also theoretically integrate with Apple’s existing anti-theft software features, allowing users to remotely wipe or lock a device that has been found to have been operated by someone other than its owners.

As an added layer of security, the invention could send a network command alerting the original owner that their phone may have been compromised, presumably through the Find My iPhone service.

The server can send alerts to another mobile phone owned by a different party. The invention was originally filed last January and credits Apple employees Gregory T. Lydon and Sylvain Rene Yves as its inventors.

  • Rafael Souza

    It seems like a very good idea but, let’s be honest, there is a lot behind this. They would have all of our phone behavior… Imagine what they could do with that.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      I really cant think of something that would benefit apple and harm users im terms of privacy concerns.

      • Antzboogie

        What? Are you dumb what if Im tired from a long day of work press a few wrong buttons here and there and the iPhone locks itself on me because of the behavior pattern it has of me. Im a free spirit I use my iPhone in different ways everyday. This is so dumb and creepy in my opnion. Monitor my behavior to make sure its me? Lol!! Im not comfortable with that.

      • Your understandably uncomfortable with this idea and I am too along with others. This sounds like something dreamt up by a TLA organisation. It also seems completely unnecessary since we have TouchID…

      • therealjjohnson

        Yes. With TouchID this does seem to be a bit unnecessary. At least for folks with iPhone 5S and above.

      • Laura Frank

        I think each phone has some pretty neat features and some are better than others but it all comes down to your personal preference.

      • BloodBornstein

        Nice rack!

      • Postulative

        She doesn’t seem to have posted a picture of her, um, computer.

        Er… is that your real hair colour, Laura?

      • dan

        I think I.. well now i’m distracted with your boobies

      • Umut Bilgiç

        I think it would be smart enough to not lock your device on wrong pressed buttons if such thing got ever implemented. This has nothing to do with being “free soul”. I mean yeah, if it was that bad – press a few buttons that does not follow a spesifif per-user pattern, and bricks you device – that would harm the user, but it would not raise privacy concerns. It would be annoying but not creepy, since Apple is not google and wont try to sell your specific device using patterns to 3rd parties.

    • Antzboogie

      I agree its creepy.

    • eXoguti093

      So damn paranoid.-.

      • Soylent Green

        Your always on the ball with #truth – if this place is representative of the general mindset of joe public its no wonder ppl such as alex jones are banging head at the stupidity if thee sheeple! Behaviour pattern learning, i bet thats spoken of in A Stranger in a Strange Land &/or 1984 – thats super invasive and a great example if how these NWO maggots are going for a full technocracy takeover

  • Qasim

    What if i someday decide to use my phone in a unusual way?

    • Framboogle

      You’re screwed

    • I Didn’t Do It

      It locks and you type in your passcode…

      • Qasim

        But if someone else was using my phone wouldnt they have to access my phone using my passcode in the first place?

      • therealjjohnson

        No. I give my phone over to my girlfriend to play a game, take a picture, or make a phone call sometimes. When I hand the phone over its already unlocked.

      • Qasim

        If u do that u do that intentionally, theres nothing apple can do if u allow someone access to it, can it?

      • therealjjohnson

        Your question was:
        “if someone else was using my phone wouldnt they have to access my phone using my passcode in the first place?”

        I was just pointing out that is not always true. I wasnt speaking in regards to Apple at all.

    • Soylent Green

      To tell you the truth, if you have a phone with biometric fingerprint scanner your halfway fked allready, who just scans their prints into apple servers (who are on record nsa controlled, see ‘PRISM’) like a zombie? Freaky shit, im just glad i know who to side with when the proverbial does hit the fan, but u guys who say ‘aw who cares’ are total soocial engineered bots, i bet they are the ppl these auto-suggestion ‘Hypnotists’ use on stage. I swear unless that shit is neutered im staying at a model below bio-metrics for ever, also the nsa & gchq can access ur data anytime, i encrypt mine and im just ‘aware’

      • Qasim

        Woah, cowboy you’re way too away from the topic. Btw, if u have a passport or a Drivers license or any government ID, your fingerprints are already in the system and with NSA and anything u can think off, thats lame if u stayed off the touch id model for this thing.

  • cybersat

    Apple always comes up a great idea for dumb user.

  • sosarozay300

    this would be cool af

  • cybersat

    Tim: iPhone 6 is going to be bigger and better to any phone out there.
    iSheep: Yes, master.

    • Jeremy

      You know, it’s really stupid that you would want to insult those who prefer Apple devices over Google’s and Samsung’s. I have a preference for iPhones but does that mean I think other phones like the galaxy and HTC totally suck? No. I think each phone has some pretty neat features and some are better than others but it all comes down to your personal preference. Stop being such a child and grow up.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      If you are fricking desperate for upvotes go somewhere else. Or grow up. A normal person learns the “theory of mind” when they are 3-4 years old.

    • Timothy

      Also, why are you even saying this on an Apple news site? Don’t you realize you’ll get downvoted?

  • I expect this is gonna be one feature that will aggravate many. Banks have the same feature (at least in concept) and every so often, you find yourself locked out of your account because you did something slightly different. What happens if I’m to let my friend use my phone and he does something “unusual”?

  • Golicza Alpár

    I never took a selfie. At The first selfie taken, it would lock itself it would even wipe itself.

  • DogeCoin

    Gmail accounts have the same feature, which pisses me off

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Ugh.. I hate when google says: “somebody tried to log on to your account from …”. It just me travelling man are tou high? If this is going to be the case with this, i dont see any use of it if not harm.

  • @dongiuj

    What, like watching porn or something?
    Oh no, you said “unusual behaviour”. Guess I should read the article.

  • Postulative

    So they’ve patented yet another idea. Have they shown this in action? Have they detailed how they intend to stop false positives that would otherwise annoy the heck out of the average iPhone user?

    Yet another example of patently poor patent law. “You can’t patent ideas”. “Yes we can”?