A Web Authentication System using Location Information from Mobile Telephones

H. Takamizawa and K. Kaijiri (Japan)

Keywords

Authentication, Mobile telephone, GPS, Webbasededucation, Geocoding API

Abstract

Currently, the authentication process for personal information on e-learning w ebsites allow s an im poster to access someone’s account. It has always been difficult to verify whether the person logging into an account is actually that person. Normally, only a username and password is required, allowing multiple users to utilize the same account either willingly, as is the case with spoofing, or unw illingly, as is the case w ith username misappropriation. We have suggested an authentication method using a mobile telephone, which makes it more difficult to access an account falsely. Using a mobile telephone in this way allows access to that phone’s subscriber ID; in combination with the username, password, and the time stamp from the mobile phone, it provides a more accurate identification process. Also, in using base station location (or if available, GPS), even more information can be verified. In this study, we propose a method to acquire user location information from his or her mobile phone, so that it can be used as another requirement in positive identity verification.

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