Monday, May 23, 2011

The patent on secure networks

Let's say you are an application developer, and you'd like to communicate with your server to complete some action. Maybe it's an app on a mobile phone, helping the user to buy a book online. Today, we do that using a web browser and the "HTTPS" protocol, which encrypts all traffic to a web server.

But how to do this through an "app", and know that the other end is secure? An easy way to do that might be to reference a different server name.

And now, there's a patent on that.

Patent 7,945,654 describes this behavior, with the added twist of non-standard "top-level domain names":
A secure domain name service for a computer network is disclosed that includes a portal connected to a computer network, such as the Internet, and a domain name database connected to the computer network through the portal. The portal authenticates a query for a secure computer network address, and the domain name database stores secure computer network addresses for the computer network. Each secure computer network address is based on a non-standard top-level domain name, such as .scom, .sorg, .snet, .snet, .sedu, .smil and .sint.

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