Uniquely identifying a mobile electronic device

  • US 8,838,967 B1
  • Filed: 04/14/2011
  • Issued: 09/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of identifying mobile electronic devices, comprising:

  • a. collecting a first plurality of configuration settings of a first mobile electronic device,b. optionally summarizing, simplifying, and/or encoding the data of part a,c. transmitting the result of part b to a third party,d. collecting a second plurality of configuration settings of a second mobile electronic device which may or not be the same as said first mobile electronic device,e. performing the same operation of part b on the data of part d,f. transmitting the result of part e to said third party,g. said third party calculating how similar the data received in part c is to the data received in part f, andh. if, in part g, said third party determines said data received in part c is more than a threshold similar to said data received in part f, then determining that said first mobile electronic device is likely the same as said second mobile electronic device.

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