Patent published on December 7, 2023

VMware's New Patent Could Make Online Browsing Safer

The digital world we live in is full of opportunities, yet it's increasingly challenging to navigate safely. The persistent problem of online security is felt by every user journeying through the World Wide Web. This is the issue being addressed by VMware's newly patented tool - the URL Pattern-Based Risk Scoring and Anomaly Detection system, officially registered as US20230396649A1.

The precariousness of online safety often stems from the websites we visit. Unbeknownst to many, several online domains carry potential security risks. These risks may compromise the security of an individual or even an enterprise, turning an ordinary browsing session into a technological nightmare. Consequently, a solution that takes into account a user's browsing history is not just a nicety but an essential safeguarding tool.

The patented tool devised by VMware does exactly that. It performs intricate scans of all visited websites and assigns risk scores based on the URLs you peruse. If the tool suspects your device has skimmed through risky or irregular websites, it doesn't hesitate to sound the alarm. By calculating a browsing risk score, identifying URL patterns that match with URLs in your web browser's history, it introduces a blanket of security unprecedented in online browsing habits.

But where this invention truly outshines the others is its ability to detect anomalies based on your typical browsing habits. Noticing a shift from your usual online behavior, the tool further enforces checks, ensuring you didn't accidentally wander into a dangerous digital neighborhood.

Once this tool becomes mainstream, browsing the internet may need a new definition. Imagine a world where you surf websites without the looming threat of hacking or digital theft. Let's take an office scenario, employees can safely use the internet knowing their activities won't inadvertently expose the company to risks. In schools, students can research worry-free, as educators rest assured that even the most obscure online research won't introduce digital threats.

However, it's crucial to remember that while this tool brings hope to the digital world, it remains solely a patent as of now, bearing no assurance of its commercial launch. Figures such as FIG 1,2,3 and so forth included in the patent, depict an impressive layout of the tool's functionality. But until it hits the markets and users test it tidings, it remains a promise waiting to be fulfilled.

In conclusion, VMware's latest patent has the potential to bridge the dangerous gap between curiosity and online safety. By continually monitoring, scoring, and raising alerts, it could make browsing not just an everyday activity, but a safer habit. It's truly a glimpse into what the future of online safety could bring.

P.S: VMware’s patent US20230396649A1 is still at its initial stages, meaning there's still uncertainty surrounding whether the product will actually be released to the market.

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