Web content access using a client device identifier

  • US 8,838,976 B2
  • Filed: 02/10/2010
  • Issued: 09/16/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/10/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-implemented method for authenticating a user of an online service, comprising:

  • retrieving, by a network device, data regarding an online profile of the user for the online service, the network device being used by the user to access the online service;

    collecting, by the network device, machine information regarding the network device, the collected machine information comprising at least one user-configurable parameter and at least one physical non-user-configurable property of the network device, wherein the at least one physical non-user-configurable property comprises a carbon and/or silicon degradation characteristic of a network device component;

    generating a device identifier based at least in part on the collected machine information;

    storing the generated device identifier in a hidden file directory of the network device; and

    transmitting the generated device identifier and the retrieved online profile data to an authentication server.

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