(19)
(11)EP 2 082 315 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
10.07.2019 Bulletin 2019/28

(21)Application number: 07871404.5

(22)Date of filing:  08.11.2007
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 3/048(2013.01)
G06F 3/0489(2013.01)
G06F 3/0488(2013.01)
G06F 21/83(2013.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2007/084017
(87)International publication number:
WO 2008/070395 (12.06.2008 Gazette  2008/24)

(54)

METHOD FOR SECURE DATA ENTRY IN AN APPLICATION

VERFAHREN ZUR SICHEREN DATENEINGABE IN EINER ANWENDUNG

PROCÉDÉ POUR UNE ENTRÉE DE DONNÉES SÉCURISÉE DANS UNE APPLICATION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MT NL PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

(30)Priority: 13.11.2006 US 559012

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.07.2009 Bulletin 2009/31

(73)Proprietor: Cisco Technology, Inc.
San Jose, CA 95134-1706 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • GIRGAONKAR, Sandeep Suresh
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (US)

(74)Representative: Noble, Nicholas et al
Kilburn & Strode LLP Lacon London 84 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8NL
London WC1X 8NL (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 0 464 712
US-A1- 2004 189 706
US-A1- 2006 028 488
US-A1- 2004 140 956
US-A1- 2005 210 402
US-A1- 2006 056 626
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD



    [0001] This patent relates to a method and system for entering data in an application. In an example embodiment, the application relates to a method and a system for monitoring the positioning and movement of a pointer of a pointing device from within an application, and generating data in accordance with such movement.

    BACKGROUND



    [0002] To evade eavesdropping or spyware attacks in a network environment, applications typically make use of encryption between endpoints of the network, or other security protocols, such as HTTPs, when information is transmitted over the network, and in particular over the Internet. Apart from the security features embedded or used by applications, a process of educating users of computers has resulted in users being aware of the importance of keeping sensitive information safe.

    [0003] Notwithstanding the security measures used by applications and the care taken by users to protect sensitive data, it is well known that information is inherently insecure between a user and an application used by the user. As applications typically do not protect the data when it is being entered in the application through user interfaces, the information may particularly be susceptible for interception and eavesdropping during this stage.

    [0004] This security risk is exacerbated as the user would typically be under the impression that a secure application is being used and that the data is accordingly protected, while the application may guarantee that sensitive user data will be securely handled at all times.

    [0005] Information being entered into an application through user interfaces is vulnerable due to the interaction between different computer components, described in more detail according to Figure 1. Typically a user 10 enters data through an input device such as a keyboard 14. Every time the user presses a key, the keyboard 14 used notifies the operating system 16 of the computer of the key-press. In doing this, the keyboard 14 generates an interrupt signal which the CPU 16 captures and passes to an interrupt handler routine 18 and device driver 20 for handling, with the device driver 20 detecting what happened on the keyboard 14. Lastly, the operating system 16 sends the input device event to an active application 22, which will take the appropriate action, e.g. typing a letter forming part of a username or password.

    [0006] As the device driver 20 does not form part of the operating system 16, but is installed separately to make the keyboard 14 work, the operating system 16 has a provision to associate a device driver 20 with the keyboard 14. Whenever any action or event is detected on the keyboard 14, the operating system 16 will assign the action or event to the device driver 20 to handle it.

    [0007] It is this association between the operating system 16, the device driver 20 and the keyboard 14 that makes the process of entering data susceptible for capturing by malicious programs.

    [0008] For example, a user's input is vulnerable to keystroke logging that captures a user's keystrokes, typically to obtain passwords or other sensitive data, thereby bypassing security measures of a system.

    [0009] The operation of keystroke loggers may include logging everything typed by a user, logging the time when typed and the application where the data was entered. The data is typically logged into a protected file the user cannot see. Also, the keystroke loggers may log information that is stored on a clipboard e.g. copy-paste information and may further log mouse clicks and items selected on the GUI.

    [0010] Background art is provided in EP 0 464 712 A2, which discloses a display/input control system for a software keyboard, whereby a predetermined logic keyboard is displayed in accordance with an attribute set for each input field on a data input screen, and a data input operation is performed. The display position of an input area is determined in accordance with contents displayed on a display unit. If the display position of the input area is inadequate, movement of the input area is designated to change its display position. A display pattern to be displayed is selected from a plurality of types of display patterns in accordance with processing contents. When an input pen is kept ON at the same position for a predetermined period of time, processing with respect to the corresponding input area is continuously performed.

    [0011] US Patent Application 2004/140956 relates to a system and method for continuous/word based text input, in which word level analysis is used to match an input pattern which is traced out along a keyboard of a touch screen by a user.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0012] The present invention is a method as defined in Claim 1 of the appended claims, for entering data in an application. Also provided is a machine-readable medium as defined in Claim 14 and a device as defined in Claim 15.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



    [0013] The present application is illustrated by way of example and not limitation in the figures of the accompanying drawings, in which like references indicate similar elements and in which:

    Figure 1 shows an example of the prior art system where data entry is insecure;

    Figure 2 shows functional modules of an application in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figure 3 shows an example of an application's graphical user interface (GUI) on a display showing the data to be input and the presentation of the GUI keyboard in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figures 4A to 4D shows an example of the different identifier key screens of the GUI keyboard shown in Figure 3, in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figure 5 shows a further example of an application's GUI with two GUI keyboards in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figure 6 is a simplified flow diagram illustrating a method for secure data entry in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figure 7 shows a detailed flow diagram illustrating a method for secure data entry in accordance with an example embodiment;

    Figure 8 shows a portion of the flow diagram of Figure 7 illustrating a portion of the method in more detail; and

    Figure 9 shows a diagrammatic representation of machine in the example form of a computer system within which a set of instructions, for causing the machine to perform any one or more of the methodologies discussed herein, may be executed.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0014] In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of an embodiment of the present invention. It will be evident, however, to one skilled in the art that the present invention may be practiced without these specific details.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0015] The transferal of sensitive data from a user to an application program is inherently insecure. Thus, in an example embodiment, sensitive data that is entered by a user bypasses the conventional data flow that goes through OS components which, in many instances, is the cause of insecurity. In an example embodiment, motion of pointing device is used and, according, may avoid OS components or the like which may cause data insecurity. Thus, use of a hardware keyboard is avoided and hence no physical key presses are required. In order to avoid the use of a hardware keyboard, an example embodiment uses a GUI keyboard (soft-keyboard) and pointer motion/position to directly enter data into the application.

    [0016] In an example embodiment, the soft-keyboard is integrated within the application and thus may not contribute to triggering a keystroke monitoring application. In an example embodiment, web-based e-mail application login screen may pops up the soft-keyboard (GUI keyboard) whenever required. In an example embodiment, the soft-keyboard may pop up when the user mouse clicks on a field to enter the secure data. Alternatively, in order to avoid this mouse click, each such field may be associated with a secure soft-keyboard icon where a soft-keyboard pops up by hovering mouse over the field. Hence, in this example embodiment, no mouse click is required to generate the soft-keyboard. It should be noted that, in an example embodiment, the soft-keyboard may pop up within the application rather than being available on the screen all the time.

    [0017] In an example embodiment, the soft-keyboard is sized to occupy a small real estate. The soft-keyboard may be scalable and configured to shift between lowercase letters, capital letters, numbers and commonly used symbols. The soft-keyboard may have the option to display only required character types at any given time. In an example embodiment, the soft-keyboard may have a small text field which shows what is being typed on the soft-keyboard. This text field may display masked characters such as * or # or any other scrambled letters for entered data.

    [0018] In an example embodiment, as described in more detail below, in order for the user to enter data (e.g., secure data), the user moves the mouse on or over particular soft-key such as a letter, a number or a symbol but need not click on the soft-key. A soft-keyboard application may track hovering of the mouse and accept the soft-key key as clicked or pressed if mouse hovers over it for predetermined amount of time (herein referred to as a soft-click). In an example embodiment, if mouse remains on the same soft-key for a long time after the soft-click has happened, no action may be taken.

    [0019] The soft-keyboard may supports categories/groups for capital letters, small letters, numbers and others commonly used symbols or any other required keys by providing different tabs. In an example embodiment the soft-keyboard may have an option to display one or more character groups at any given time. In an example embodiment, hovering the mouse over a selected tab (e.g., for a few milliseconds) may be used to switch between these categories. The soft-keyboard may be customized for various different applications. For example, in the case of Credit Card number entry, only numeric keys are sufficient. The soft-keyboard can be configured to hide unwanted key categories. To accept a new entered/identified value, the user may soft-click an 'Enter' or 'Done' button on the soft-keyboard. In an example embodiment, since this keyboard is part of the application and is associated with only one particular field on the screen, the soft-keyboard writes the value into the field on the screen.

    [0020] The present application relates to a system, device and method for entering data in an application, by providing a graphical user interface (GUI) keyboard, e.g. an on-screen keyboard, in the application's GUI, for monitoring the positioning and movement of a pointer of a pointing device in relation to the keyboard. Thereafter, data is generated responsive to such detected positioning and movement.

    [0021] The system, device and method may provide added security measures when sensitive information is to be captured by an application. In general the device may be incorporated in any application where a user needs to enter sensitive information. For example, the method may be implemented in any web-based applications, such as e-commerce applications, online banking applications and standalone applications, such as personal finance software applications. These applications typically capture sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, personal information (e.g. date of birth, address and phone numbers), banking details (e.g. credit card numbers) and other similar information.

    [0022] In an example embodiment, the method, device and system provides a GUI keyboard and keypad that has a random key layout and where the keyboard may be embedded in an application that prompts a user for a password. In an example embodiment, as the GUI keyboard is generated from within the application, and no pointer device interrupts (e.g., processor interrupts for mouse clicks) or keyboard interrupts are required, capturing of the user input may be accomplished in a more secure manner.

    [0023] Figure 2 shows an example embodiment of a device 40 for entering data in an application 42 comprising various application modules 44. The data may be entered by using any type of pointing device 46, such as a mouse, within a graphical user interface (GUI) on a display 48. Other pointing devices may include a trackball, touchpad, pointing stick, lightpen, head pointer, data glove or various kinds of digitized tablets which may use a stylus. It should thus be noted that any input device that allows a user to identify a position/location within the GUI may be used.

    [0024] The GUI may be any type of GUI interface for any type of application 42 where information or data is to be captured. A GUI may, for example, include graphical images such as icons and windows, widgets, data fields and text.

    [0025] The display 48 may also be any type of display, for example a CRT (cathode ray tube) or LCD (liquid crystal display) used for the screen of a personal computer, such as a desktop or laptop, or the screen of a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).

    [0026] The data entry device 40 is shown to include a keyboard creation module 50, a keyboard display module 52, a detection module 54 and, optionally, a timer 56.

    [0027] The keyboard creation module 50 creates (or generates) one or more GUI keyboards or on-screen keyboards for the data entry device 40. Different GUI keyboards (optionally having different layouts) which may include keypads, for display on the display 48 may be created every time the device 40 detects an activation of a keyboard. Examples of different GUI keyboards generated by the keyboard creation module 50 and displayed by the keyboard display module 52 are shown in Figures 3, 4A to D and 5.

    [0028] An example GUI keyboard 60 comprising multiple identifier keys is shown in Figures 3, 4A to 4D and 5. In Figures 3, 4A to 4D and 5 the same reference numerals have been used for similar identifier keys. In the example GUI keyboard 60, a user may select uppercase letter, lowercase letters, numerals and symbols by selecting an associated tab. Thus, in an example embodiment, the multiple identifier keys may include alphabetic identifier keys, in particular capitalized alphabetic identifier keys 80A shown in Figure 4A and lower case alphabetic identifier keys 80B shown in Figure 4B, numeric identifier keys 82 shown in Figure 4C and symbol identifier keys 84 shown in Figure 4D to enter data. The multiple identifier keys may further include action keys, such as an unmask identifier or "Show" key 86 (which when activated allows the GUI to display keys as they are selected), a finalization identifier or "Done" key 88, a correction identifier or "Backspace" key 90, or any other keys. The keyboard may also include a keyboard data field 92 which displays indication data representative of data generated by the data entry device 40.

    [0029] The unmask or "Show" identifier 86, when selected, may change the indication data displayed in the keyboard data field 92 (or in the GUI's data field) from masked data to generated data. Masked data would typically comprise an asterisk, hash, ampersand symbols or other similar symbols (including a randomly generated sequence) for each individual piece of generated data (keyboard entry). It will be appreciated that masking key entries (or any data entered via the GUI keyboard) data may be used in order to ensure that screen shots cannot capture the entered data in the data fields. Generated data would be the data as selected by the user using the GUI keyboard, e.g., alphabetic, numeric or symbol data.

    [0030] When the finalization identifier or "Done" key 88 is selected, the data entry device 40 may move the indication data displayed in the keyboard data field 92 to the associated data field in the application's GUI. It should be noted that the application can also capture the data (or key entries) on-the-fly.

    [0031] The correction identifier or "Backspace" key 90 may function as a "delete" or "back-space" button and may be used to correct or remove an incorrect entry into a data field by deleting specified data in the data field.

    [0032] The GUI keyboard(s) created by the keyboard creation module 50 are typically small enough to pop-up next to a data field 94, shown in Figures 3 and 5, in which information is to be entered by a user. Figures 3 and 5 also show keyboard identifiers 96 displayed next to the data field 94. Both the keyboard identifiers and the data fields may be used as data field selectors by the users. The keyboard identifiers 94 may be a keyboard icon, the word "keyboard" or an abbreviation and allow a user to select a data field in which data has to be entered and further allow for the activation of a GUI keyboard 60 associated with the data field selector 96.

    [0033] As shown in Figures 3 and 4A to 4D, the keyboard 60 may have tabs 98 to allow a user to shift between different identification key screens, in particular, screens for the uppercase or capital alphabetic identifier keys 80A, the lowercase alphabetic identifier keys 80B, the numerical identifier keys 82 and the symbol identifier keys 84.

    [0034] Alternatively, the keyboard creation module 50 may configure and create different GUI keyboards depending on the type of data to be entered by a user in a data field. For example, a combination or selection of the identifier keys may form a single GUI keyboard display 100, as shown by way of example in Figure 5. In the example embodiment, the GUI keyboard 100 is shown to be associated with a credit card number field 95 and CVV field 97 , may comprise only numerical identifier keys, as that would be the keys required to fill in the field. Identifier keys for commonly used symbols (such as ".", "," etc) may also be added to every keyboard display. In an example embodiment, numeral identifiers, alphabetic identifiers, and/or symbols may be associated with a password field 99.

    [0035] The keyboard creation module 50 may further be responsible for creating variations (e.g., small variations) in the keyboard layout, amongst other things changing between a consecutive alphabet (e.g. "ABCDE"), shown in Figure 5, to a QWERTY layout (shown in Figures 3, 4A and 4B). Likewise, in an example embodiment, the keyboard creation module 50 may further be responsible for creating variations (e.g., small variations) in the layout of the alphabetic identifiers, numeral identifiers, and/or symbols. Examples of small variations may include changes in sequence of the characters/symbols (e.g., QWERTY to ABCDE etc.), changes in an image associated with the character, changes in the overall position and size of pop-up soft-keyboard, changes in the position of tabs, firing false events, or the like.

    [0036] The keyboard creation module 50 may use images for each of the multiple identifier keys and may change these images each time a GUI keyboard is generated and displayed. It will be appreciated that images would be more difficult to analyze by eavesdroppers. The keyboard creation module 50 may further provide small variations in the positioning and sizes of the multiple identifier keys each time a keyboard is generated.

    [0037] The keyboard creation module 50 may also create false events, for example, in combination with the timer 56, false timer events may be created or false pointer movements may be simulated.

    [0038] The keyboard creation module 50 maps the multiple identifier keys to a random code. This technique may be useful in Javascript implementations, since Javascript source can be read through a browser. For example, in a Javascript implementation, the following code which maps an identifier key to the mouse event handler may be provided.



    [0039] Instead of this direct mapping, in an example embodiment a randomly generated code is used to identify the identifier key for 'A' in a mouse event handler. For example: <AHREF="2086"onMouseOver="javascript:omoHandler('2086');"omMouseOut="javascript:omout Handler();"><IMG SRC="38592.gif"></A>

    [0040] The mapping between an identifier key and its code can be generated randomly each-time. If there are malicious programs attempting to analyze the code, this technique may impede the mapping images on screen to the information being typed-in.

    [0041] The keyboard display module 52 displays the GUI keyboard within the application's GUI on the display 48 whenever a user selects a data field selector, for example by positioning the pointer of the pointing device 46 over a GUI data field 94, clicking the pointing device in this position, or by positioning the pointer of the pointing device 46 for a predetermined amount of time over any of the keyboard identifiers 96.

    [0042] The keyboard display module 52 may further generate data associated with an identifier key selected by the user and display indication data representative of the generated data in a data field. As mentioned above, the indication data may either be masked data (e.g. hash symbols) or the generated data (e.g. the specific data entered via the GUI keyboard). In an example where generated data is displayed, the keys selected or "entered" by the user (e.g., letters, numerals, and/or symbols) may be displayed as entered by the user.

    [0043] The data field in which the indication data is displayed by the keyboard display module 52 may be the keyboard data field 92. However, it will be appreciated that indication data may be displayed directly in the GUI data field, as shown in Figure 5 by the credit card number data field 95 and its associated GUI keyboard 100.

    [0044] In cases where the indication data is displayed in the keyboard data field 92 and the user selects the finalization identifier or "Done" key 88 on the GUI keyboard 60, 100, the keyboard display module 52 may also display the indication data representative of the generated data in the associated GUI data field 94 (see Figures 3 and 5). The keyboard display module 52 may also, on the selection of the finalization identifier key 88, remove the display of the GUI keyboard from the application's GUI (e.g., close a pop-up displaying the GUI keyboard 60, 100) and, accordingly, from the display 48. Once another data field 94 or keyboard identifier 96 is selected, another GUI keyboard may be displayed by the keyboard display module 52.

    [0045] The detection module 54 may be responsible for detecting any selection of a data field selector 96 or a selection of one of the multiple identifier keys. Apart from where a user selects a GUI data field 94 by clicking the pointer of the pointing device 46 in the data field 94, the detection module 54 may also detect a selection of a user by monitoring the movements and positioning of the pointer of a mouse over the data field selector 96 or any of the multiple identifier keys. Thus, the GUI keyboard 60, 100 may be generated by an application by monitoring pointer position and need not be initiated using any pointer clicks (e.g., mouse clicks).

    [0046] When the detection module 54 detects the selection of an identifier key by the user, it will generate data associated with the selected identifier key and instruct the keyboard creation module 50 to create a GUI keyboard and may further instruct the keyboard display module 52 to display indication data representative of the generated data in a data field. Alternatively, when an action identifier key is selected, the detection module may instruct other modules to take an associated action.

    [0047] In an example embodiment, the detection module 54 may monitor the position of the pointer of the pointing device in relation to the multiple identifier keys and detect when the pointer of the pointing device has been positioned over one of the multiple identifier keys for a predetermined period of time, thereby selecting the identifier key. For example, once the pointer of a mouse has been positioned over the identifier key for "A" for the predetermined period of time (e.g., a second or two), the detection module detects "A" as being selected by the user.

    [0048] When the detection module 54, through its monitoring process, detects that the position of the pointer in relation to a data field selector in the application's GUI has been positioned over the data field selector for a predetermined period of time, the detection module may register a request for the display of a GUI keyboard associated with the data field selector. As mentioned above, the data field selector may be a data field in the GUI or may be any keyboard identifier 96 located next to a data field. It should be noted that the request to display the GUI is processed internally within the application receiving the request (e.g., a financial program).

    [0049] The detection module 54 may further detect that the pointer of the pointing device has been positioned over the unmask identifier key for a predetermined period of time. Once this has been detected, the detection module 54 may detect the type of indication data, e.g. whether the indication data is masked data or generated data. In the event that it is masked data, the data entry device 40, and in particular the keyboard display module 52, may change the indication data to the generated data. Similarly, in the event that the indication data is generated data, the data entry device will change the display of the indication data to masked data.

    [0050] When the detection module 54, through its monitoring process, detects that the pointer of the pointing device is positioned over the finalization identifier or "Done" key 88 for a predetermined period of time, the data entry module may be instructed to remove the display of the GUI keyboard from the application's GUI of the application (e.g., close a pop-up window displaying the GUI keyboard 60, 100); and the keyboard display module 52 may display data representative of the generated data in the GUI data field.

    [0051] The detection module 54 may have further functionality to only register one selection of an identifier key, if the pointer of the pointing device remains in a fixed position over an identifier key for a period longer than the predetermined period of time. This is to provide the user with additional time to select the next identifier key.

    [0052] The timer 56 may provide the detection module 54 with the predetermined period of time for detecting any selection of one of the multiple identifier keys or the data field selector. For example, the timer may be started when the pointer of the pointing device is detected over an identifier key and if the pointer is still over the identifier key at the timer's time-out, a key selection will be registered. It will be appreciated that the timer 56 may form part of the computer system implementing the application and data entry device. However for an outside program, the probability of finding an association between timer events and keys selected would be low.

    [0053] It will be appreciated that the sensitivity of the GUI keyboard and the predetermined time period necessary for any of the identifier keys to be selected may have to be adjustable by users of the GUI keyboard. The keyboard creation module 50 may provide functionality to configure the GUI keyboard to suit a user. For example, the user may specify a time period for selection during the first use of the GUI keyboard.

    [0054] Figure 6 shows a simplified flow diagram of an example embodiment of the method 110 of secure data entry in accordance with an example embodiment. Starting at operation 120, the method 110 comprises displaying a GUI keyboard within an application, with the GUI keyboard, as for example described above, comprising multiple identifier keys.

    [0055] In operation 122 and 124 the detection module 54 monitors the position of a pointer of a pointing device (e.g., a mouse) in relation to the multiple identifier keys (e.g., letters and/or numerals) of the GUI keyboard and also detects whether the pointer has been positioned over any of the identifier keys for a predetermined period of time, which constitutes the selection of the identifier key. In an example embodiment where the "park" functionality described above is used, instead of detecting a time period for which the pointer is retained over a selected identifier key, the method 110 may include detecting when the pointer is mover to the park area.

    [0056] The keyboard display module 52 may generate, in response to the above user selection, data associated with the selected identifier key and display data representative of the generated data in a data field. As mentioned above, the data field may be either a data field 94 of the application's GUI or may be a data field 92 of the GUI keyboard.

    [0057] Figure 7 shows a method 130, in accordance with an example embodiment, for secure data entry. The method 130 may correspond to the method 110 illustrated by Figure 6 but is shown to include more optional detail. Figure 8 shows a method 155 which may be incorporated into the method 130. In operation 140, the detection module 54 of the data entry device 40 monitors the position of the pointer of the pointing device 46 in relation to a data field selector in a GUI of the application. As has been discussed above, the data field selector may be a keyboard identifier 96 associated with a data field in the application's GUI or a data field 94 in the application's GUI. Thus, in an example embodiment, the GUI keyboard can be selected by a user without any mouse clicks.

    [0058] The detection module 54 may detect, in operation 142, that the pointer of the pointing device 46 has been positioned over the data field selector for a predetermined period of time, and detect this as a request to display a GUI keyboard associated with the data field selector. In an example embodiment, a user may also select a data field by clicking the user's pointing device 46 on the data field 94.

    [0059] Once the data field selector has been selected, the keyboard creation module 50 may create an appropriate GUI keyboard, which the keyboard display module 52 may then display within the application GUI (shown in operation 144).

    [0060] Similar to operations 122 and 124 of Figure 6, and shown in operations 146 and 148 in Figure 7, the detection module 54 may monitor the position of the pointer of the pointing device 46 in relation to the multiple identifier keys of the GUI keyboard and detect whether any of the multiple identifier keys have been selected by the pointer being positioned over any of the keys for a predetermined period of time.

    [0061] As shown in operation 150, the keyboard display module 52 may generate, in response to this selection, data associated with the selected identifier key and display data representative of the generated data (e.g., display the data in a data field 94 or 92). Again, the data field may be either a data field of the application's GUI 94 or may be a data field of the GUI keyboard 92.

    [0062] As the multiple identifier keys may further include action keys, the detection module 54 may further monitor and detect that the pointer of the pointing device 46 has been positioned over one of the action keys for a predetermined period of time, to thereby select the action key (operation 152) and then request the data entry device 40 to take the relevant action associated with the selected action key (operation 154).

    [0063] Example detail of operations 152 and 154 are shown in more detail in Figure 8, with this Figure starting at operation 152 of Figure 7, where the keyboard display module 52 detects that an action identifier key has been selected.

    [0064] If the selected action key is the finalization identifier or "Done" key 88, the keyboard display module 52 may removes the display of the GUI keyboard from the application's GUI in operation 160. This may indicate that the data captured for the specific field has been completed. The detection module 54 may now, in operation 162, detect whether the indication data has been displayed in the GUI keyboard's data field 92. If this is indeed the case, the keyboard display module 52 may display data representative of the generated data in the application's data field 94 (operation 164). Once this has been completed, the detection module 54 of the data entry device may return to operation 140 (Figure 7) to monitor the possible selection of a data field selector.

    [0065] In the event that the selected action identifier key is the correction identifier key 90, the keyboard display module 52 may delete indication data displayed in the data field in operation 166.

    [0066] Operation 168 shows the action where the action identifier key is a tab identifier key 98. In response to the selection the keyboard creation module 50 selects the identifier key screen associated with the tab identifier key 98.

    [0067] Lastly, where the action identifier key selected is an unmask identifier key 86, the actions according to operations 170 to 174 are taken. The detection module 54 may detect the type of indication data displayed in the data field in operation 170. If the displayed indication data is masked data, the keyboard display module 52 may display the indication data as generated data in the data field (operation 172). Alternatively, if the detection module 54 detects that the displayed indication data in the data field is generated data, the display module, in operation 174, displays the indication data as masked data.

    [0068] As the data entry device 40 may form part of the application 42, example embodiments of the present application may avoid or (at least reduce) the use of the input device 46, in particular keystrokes or mouse clicks generated by the input device 46 when entering data into the application 42. It will therefore be appreciated that the data entry device 40 may bypass the OS layers/components of a computing device that increase the risks of keystroke logging or other similar malicious programs.

    [0069] The present system, device and method provide further security features as the generated data in response to selected keys may be masked, and may be displayed as generated data at the choice of the user.

    [0070] Figure 9 shows a diagrammatic representation of machine in the example form of a computer system 400 within which a set of instructions, for causing the machine to perform any one or more of the methodologies discussed herein, may be executed. In alternative embodiments, the machine operates as a standalone device or may be connected (e.g., networked) to other machines. In a networked deployment, the machine may operate in the capacity of a server or a client machine in server-client network environment, or as a peer machine in a peer-to-peer (or distributed) network environment. The machine may be a personal computer (PC), a tablet PC, a set-top box (STB), a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), a cellular telephone, a web appliance, a network router, switch or bridge, or any machine capable of executing a set of instructions (sequential or otherwise) that specify actions to be taken by that machine. Further, while only a single machine is illustrated, the term "machine" shall also be taken to include any collection of machines that individually or jointly execute a set (or multiple sets) of instructions to perform any one or more of the methodologies discussed herein.

    [0071] The example computer system 400 includes a processor 402 (e.g., a central processing unit (CPU), a graphics processing unit (GPU) or both), a main memory 404 and a static memory 406, which communicate with each other via a bus 408. The computer system 400 may further include a video display unit 410 (e.g., a liquid crystal display (LCD) or a cathode ray tube (CRT)). The computer system 400 also includes an alphanumeric input device 412 (e.g., a keyboard), a user interface (UI) navigation device 414 (e.g., a mouse), a disk drive unit 416, a signal generation device 418 (e.g., a speaker) and a network interface device 420.

    [0072] The disk drive unit 416 includes a machine-readable medium 422 on which is stored one or more sets of instructions and data structures (e.g., software 424) embodying or utilized by any one or more of the methodologies or functions described herein. The software 424 may also reside, completely or at least partially, within the main memory 404 and/or within the processor 402 during execution thereof by the computer system 400, the main memory 404 and the processor 402 also constituting machine-readable media.

    [0073] The software 424 may further be transmitted or received over a network 426 via the network interface device 420 utilizing any one of a number of well-known transfer protocols (e.g., HTTP).

    [0074] While the machine-readable medium 422 is shown in an example embodiment to be a single medium, the term "machine-readable medium" should be taken to include a single medium or multiple media (e.g., a centralized or distributed database, and/or associated caches and servers) that store the one or more sets of instructions. The term "machine-readable medium" shall also be taken to include any medium that is capable of storing, encoding or carrying a set of instructions for execution by the machine and that cause the machine to perform any one or more of the methodologies of the present invention, or that is capable of storing, encoding or carrying data structures utilized by or associated with such a set of instructions. The term "machine-readable medium" shall accordingly be taken to include, but not be limited to, solid-state memories, optical and magnetic media, and carrier wave signals.

    [0075] Although an embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to specific example embodiments, it will be evident that various modifications and changes may be made to these embodiments without departing from the broader scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims. Accordingly, the specification and drawings are to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense.


    Claims

    1. A method for entering data in an application, the method comprising:

    generating a graphical user interface, GUI, keyboard (60, 100) within the application, the keyboard (60, 100) comprising multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84), wherein each identifier key of the multiple identifier keys is mapped to a randomly generated code representing each respective identifier key;

    displaying the GUI keyboard within the application;

    monitoring the position of a pointer of a pointing device (46) in relation to the multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84);

    detecting that the pointer of the pointing device (46) has been positioned over one of the multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84);

    detecting selection of the identifier key based on the position of the pointer, the selection of the identifier key being independent of a clicking action or other device interrupt associated with the pointing device (46); and

    in response to detecting the selection, generating data associated with the selected identifier key;

    wherein detecting selection of the identifier key comprises detecting when the pointer has been positioned for a predetermined period of time over the identifier key.


     
    2. The method of claim 1, further comprising displaying indication data representative of the generated data in a data field (92, 94, 95, 97, 99).
     
    3. The method of claim 1, in which the operation of monitoring the position of the pointer of the pointing device (46) and the operation of detecting that the pointer of the pointing device (46) has been positioned over one of the multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84) for a predetermined period of time are performed by the application.
     
    4. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

    monitoring the position of the pointer of the pointing device (46) in relation to a data field selector in a GUI of the application; and

    detecting that the pointer of the pointing device (46) has been positioned over the data field selector (96) for a predetermined period of time, thereby detecting a request to display a GUI keyboard (60, 100) associated with the data field selector.


     
    5. The method of claim 4, in which the data field selector is a keyboard identifier (96) associated with a data field (94, 95, 97, 99) in the application's GUI or the GUI keyboard (60).
     
    6. The method of claim 5, in which some of the multiple identifier keys are action keys (86, 88, 90), the method comprising:

    detecting that the pointer of the pointing device (46) has been positioned over one of the action keys (86, 88, 90) for a predetermined period of time, thereby detecting the selection of the action key (86, 88, 90); and

    taking an action associated with the selected action key (86, 88, 90).


     
    7. The method of claim 6, in which the indication data is the generated data or masked data.
     
    8. The method of claim 7, in which the action key selected is an unmask identifier key (86) and the action taken comprises:

    detecting that the displayed indication data is masked data and, in response to this detection, displaying the indication data as generated data in a data field; or

    detecting that the indication data is generated data and, in response to this detection, displaying the indication data as masked data,

    optionally in which the masked data is one of an asterisk, a hash, an ampersand symbol, or a randomly generated sequence.


     
    9. The method of claim 8, in which the data field is a data field of the application's GUI.
     
    10. The method of claim 8, in which the data field is a data field of the GUI keyboard (60).
     
    11. The method of claim 6, in which the action key is a finalization identifier key (88) and the action taken comprises removing the display of the GUI keyboard (60) from the
    application's GUI.
     
    12. The method of claim 6, in which the action further comprises displaying data representative of the generated data in the application's data field.
     
    13. The method of claim 6, in which the action key is a correction identifier key (90) and the action taken comprises:
    deleting indication data displayed in the data field.
     
    14. A machine-readable medium embodying instructions which, when executed by a machine, cause the machine to perform the method of any preceding claim.
     
    15. A device (40) for entering data in an application, the device (40) comprising:

    means for generating a graphical user interface, GUI, keyboard (60, 100) within the application, the keyboard (60, 100) comprising multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84), wherein each identifier key of the multiple identifier keys is mapped to a randomly generated code representing each respective identifier key;

    means for displaying the GUI keyboard within the application;

    means for generating data associated with a selected identifier key and displaying indication data representative of the generated data in a data field (92, 94, 95, 97, 99);

    means for monitoring the position of a pointer of a pointing device (46) in relation to the multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84); and

    means for detecting that the pointer of the pointing device (46) has been positioned over one of the multiple identifier keys (80A, 80B, 82, 84) for a predetermined period of time, thereby detecting the selection of the identifier key, wherein the selection of the identifier key is independent of a clicking action or other device interrupt associated with the pointing device (46).


     
    16. The device of claim 15, wherein:

    the means for displaying the GUI keyboard (60, 100) and the means for generating data comprise a keyboard display module (52); and

    the means for monitoring and the means for detecting comprise a detection module (54).


     
    17. The device of claim 16, further comprising a timer (56) configured to provide the detection module (54) with a predetermined period of time for which the pointer is positioned over the identified key.
     
    18. The device of claim 16, in which the keyboard display module (52) and detection module (54) are configured to operate within the application.
     
    19. The device of claim 15, arranged to perform a method according to any of claims 2 to 13.
     
    20. The device of claim 16, further comprising a keyboard creation module (50) configured to create a GUI keyboard (60, 100), the GUI keyboard (60, 100) being configured according to a data entry data field associated with the GUI keyboard.
     
    21. The device of claim 20, wherein the keyboard creation module (50) is configured to create small variations in the keyboard layout of the GUI keyboard (60, 100).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Eintragen von Daten in eine Anwendung, wobei das Verfahren aufweist:

    Erzeugen einer grafischen Benutzerschnittstellen- bzw. Graphical User Interface, GUI, -Tastatur (60, 100) in der Anwendung, wobei die Tastatur (60, 100) mehrere Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84) aufweist, wobei jede Identifizierungstaste der mehreren Identifizierungstasten auf einen zufällig erzeugten Code abgebildet wird, der jede entsprechende Identifizierungstaste repräsentiert;

    Anzeigen der GUI-Tastatur in der Anwendung;

    Überwachen der Position eines Zeigers eines Zeigegeräts (46) in Bezug auf die mehreren Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84);

    Ermitteln, dass der Zeiger des Zeigegeräts (46) über einer der mehreren Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84) positioniert worden ist;

    Ermitteln der Auswahl der Identifizierungstaste basierend auf der Position des Zeigers, wobei die Auswahl der Identifizierungstaste von einer Anklick-Aktion oder einer anderen Geräteunterbrechung, die zu dem Zeigegerät (46) gehört, unabhängig ist; und

    im Ansprechen auf das Ermitteln der Auswahl, Erzeugen von Daten, die zu der ausgewählten Identifizierungstaste gehören;

    wobei das Ermitteln der Auswahl der Identifizierungstaste das Ermitteln aufweist, wenn der Zeiger für einen vorgegebenen Zeitraum über der Identifizierungstaste positioniert worden ist.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, das des Weiteren das Anzeigen von Angabedaten, die für die erzeugten Daten repräsentativ sind, in einem Datenfeld (92, 94, 95, 97, 99) aufweist.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Operation des Überwachens der Position des Zeigers des Zeigegeräts (46) und die Operation des Ermittelns, dass der Zeiger des Zeigegeräts (46) für einen vorgegebenen Zeitraum über einer der mehreren Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84) positioniert worden ist, von der Anwendung durchgeführt werden.
     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, das des Weiteren aufweist:

    Überwachen der Position des Zeigers des Zeigegeräts (46) in Bezug auf einen Datenfeldselektor in einer GUI der Anwendung; und

    Ermitteln, dass der Zeiger des Zeigegeräts (46) für einen vorgegebenen Zeitraum über dem Datenfeldselektor (96) positioniert worden ist, wodurch eine Anfrage ermittelt wird, eine GUI-Tastatur (60, 100), die zu dem Datenfeldselektor gehört, anzuzeigen.


     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 4, wobei der Datenfeldselektor ein Tastaturidentifizierer (96) ist, der zu einem Datenfeld (94, 95, 97, 99) in der GUI oder der GUI-Tastatur (60) der Anwendung gehört.
     
    6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 5, wobei einige der mehreren Identifizierungstasten Aktionstasten (86, 88, 90) sind, wobei das Verfahren aufweist:

    Ermitteln, dass der Zeiger des Zeigegeräts (46) für einen vorgegebenen Zeitraum über einer der Aktionstasten (86, 88, 90) positioniert worden ist, wodurch die Auswahl der Aktionstaste (86, 88, 90) ermittelt wird; und

    Durchführen einer Aktion, die zu der ausgewählten Aktionstaste (86, 88, 90) gehört.


     
    7. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Angabedaten die erzeugten Daten oder maskierte Daten sind.
     
    8. Verfahren nach Anspruch 7, wobei die ausgewählte Aktionstaste eine Demaskierungsidentifizierungstaste (86) ist und die durchgeführte Aktion aufweist:

    Ermitteln, dass die angezeigten Angabedaten maskierte Daten sind, und im Ansprechen auf dieses Ermitteln, Anzeigen der Angabedaten als erzeugte Daten in einem Datenfeld; oder

    Ermitteln, dass die Angabedaten erzeugte Daten sind, und im Ansprechen auf dieses Ermitteln, Anzeigen der Angabedaten als maskierte Daten,

    wobei optional die maskierten Daten eines sind von einem Sternchen, einem Rautezeichen, einem Et-Zeichen-Symbol oder einer zufällig erzeugten Sequenz.


     
    9. Verfahren nach Anspruch 8, wobei das Datenfeld ein Datenfeld der GUI der Anwendung ist.
     
    10. Verfahren nach Anspruch 8, wobei das Datenfeld ein Datenfeld der GUI-Tastatur (60) ist.
     
    11. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Aktionstaste eine Beendigungsidentifizierungstaste (88) ist und die durchgeführte Aktion das Entfernen der Anzeige der GUI-Tastatur (60) aus der GUI der Anwendung aufweist.
     
    12. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Aktion des Weiteren das Anzeigen von Daten, die für die erzeugten Daten repräsentativ sind, im Datenfeld der Anwendung aufweist.
     
    13. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Aktionstaste eine Korrekturidentifizierungstaste (90) ist und die durchgeführte Aktion aufweist:
    Löschen von Angabedaten, die im Datenfeld angezeigt werden.
     
    14. Maschinenlesbares Medium, das Befehle enthält, welche, wenn sie von einer Maschine ausgeführt werden, veranlassen, dass die Maschine das Verfahren nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche durchführt.
     
    15. Vorrichtung (40) zum Eingeben von Daten in eine Anwendung, wobei die Vorrichtung (40) aufweist:

    Mittel zum Erzeugen einer grafischen Benutzerschnittstellen- bzw. Graphical User Interface, GUI, -Tastatur (60, 100) in der Anwendung, wobei die Tastatur (60, 100) mehrere Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84) aufweist, wobei jede Identifizierungstaste der mehreren Identifizierungstasten auf einen zufällig erzeugten Code abgebildet wird, der jede entsprechende Identifizierungstaste repräsentiert;

    Mittel zum Anzeigen der GUI-Tastatur in der Anwendung;

    Mittel zum Erzeugen von Daten, die zu einer ausgewählten Identifizierungstaste gehören, und zum Anzeigen von Angabedaten, die für die erzeugten Daten repräsentativ sind, in einem Datenfeld (92, 94, 95, 97, 99);

    Mittel zum Überwachen der Position eines Zeigers eines Zeigegeräts (46) in Bezug auf die mehreren Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84); und

    Mittel zum Ermitteln, dass der Zeiger des Zeigegeräts (46) für einen vorgegebenen Zeitraum über einer der mehreren Identifizierungstasten (80A, 80B, 82, 84) positioniert worden ist, wodurch die Auswahl der Identifizierungstaste ermittelt wird, wobei die Auswahl der Identifizierungstaste von einer Anklick-Aktion oder einer anderen Geräteunterbrechung, die zu dem Zeigegerät (46) gehört, unabhängig ist.


     
    16. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 15, wobei:

    die Mittel zum Anzeigen der GUI-Tastatur (60, 100) und die Mittel zum Erzeugen von Daten ein Tastaturanzeigemodul (52) aufweisen; und

    die Mittel zum Überwachen und das Mittel zum Ermitteln ein Ermittlungsmodul (54) aufweisen.


     
    17. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 16, das des Weiteren einen Timer (56) aufweist, der dazu konfiguriert ist, das Ermittlungsmodul (54) mit einem vorgegebenen Zeitraum zu versehen, für welchen der Zeiger über der identifizierten Taste positioniert wird.
     
    18. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 16, wobei das Tastaturanzeigemodul (52) und das Ermittlungsmodul (54) dazu konfiguriert sind, in der Anwendung zu arbeiten.
     
    19. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 15, die dazu ausgelegt ist, ein Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 13 durchzuführen.
     
    20. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 16, die des Weiteren ein Tastaturerzeugungsmodul (50) aufweist, das dazu konfiguriert ist, eine GUI-Tastatur (60, 100) zu erzeugen, wobei die GUI-Tastatur (60, 100) gemäß einem Dateneintrags-Datenfeld konfiguriert ist, das zu der GUI-Tastatur gehört.
     
    21. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 20, wobei das Tastaturerzeugungsmodul (50) dazu konfiguriert ist, kleine Veränderungen im Tastatur-Layout der GUI-Tastatur (60, 100) zu erzeugen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé pour entrer des données dans une application, le procédé comprenant de :

    générer un clavier (60, 100) d'interface graphique d'utilisateur (GUI) au sein de l'application, le clavier (60, 100) comprenant plusieurs touches d'identification (80A, 80B, 82, 84), chaque touche d'identification parmi les plusieurs touches d'identification étant associé à un code généré aléatoirement représentant chaque touche d'identification respective ;

    afficher le clavier GUI dans l'application ;

    contrôler la position d'un pointeur d'un dispositif de pointage (46) en relation avec les multiples touches (80A, 80B, 82, 84) ;

    détecter que le pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) a été positionné sur l'une des multiples touches (80A, 80B, 82, 84) ;

    détecter la sélection de la touche d'identification sur la base de la position du pointeur, la sélection de la touche d'identification étant indépendante de l'action de cliquer ou de toute autre interruption de dispositif associée au dispositif de pointage (46) ; et

    en réponse à la détection de la sélection, générer des données associées à la touche d'identification sélectionnée ;

    la détection de sélection de la touche d'identification comprenant de détecter quand le pointeur a été positionné pendant une durée prédéterminée sur la touche d'identification.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre d'afficher des données d'indication représentatives des données générées dans un champ de données (92, 94, 95, 97, 99).
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'opération de contrôle de la position du pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) et l'opération de détection que le pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) a été positionné sur une des multiples touches d'identification (80A, 80B, 82, 84) pendant une durée prédéterminée sont effectuées par l'application.
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant de :

    contrôler la position du pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) en relation avec un sélecteur de champ de données dans une GUI de l'application ; et

    détecter que le pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) a été positionné sur le sélecteur de champ de données (96) pendant une durée prédéterminée, détectant ainsi une requête d'affichage d'un clavier de GUI (60, 100) associé au sélecteur de champ de données.


     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 4, dans lequel le sélecteur de champ de données est un identificateur de clavier (96) associé au champ de données (94, 95, 97, 99) dans la GUI de l'application ou le clavier de la GUI (60).
     
    6. Procédé selon la revendication 5, dans lequel certaines touches sont des touches d'action (86, 88, 90), le procédé comprenant de :

    détecter que le pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) a été positionné sur l'une des multiples touches d'action (86, 88, 90) pendant une durée prédéterminée, détectant ainsi la sélection de la touche d'action (86, 88, 90) ; et

    effectuer l'action associée à la touche d'action sélectionnée (86, 88, 90).


     
    7. Procédé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel les données d'indication sont les données générées ou des données masquées.
     
    8. Procédé selon la revendication 7, dans lequel la touche d'action sélectionnée est une touche d'identification non-masquée (86) et l'action entreprise comprend de :

    détecter que les données d'indication affichées sont des données masquées et, en réponse à cette détection, afficher les données d'indication en tant que données générées dans un champ de données ; ou

    détecter que les données d'indication affichées sont des données générées et, en réponse à cette détection, afficher les données d'indication en tant que données masquées,

    dans lequel, facultativement, les données masquées sont des données avec un astérisque, une hachure, un symbole esperluette ou une séquence générée aléatoirement.


     
    9. Procédé selon la revendication 8, dans lequel le champ de données est un champ de données de la GUI de l'application.
     
    10. Procédé selon la revendication 8, dans lequel le champ de données est un champ de données du clavier de la GUI.
     
    11. Procédé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel la touche d'action est une touche d'identifiant de finalisation (88) et l'action entreprise comprend d'enlever l'affichage du clavier de la GUI (60) de la GUI de l'application.
     
    12. Procédé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel l'action comprend en outre d'afficher des données représentatives des données générées dans le champ de données de l'application.
     
    13. Procédé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel la touche d'action est une touche d'identification de correction (90) et l'action entreprise comprend d'effacer des données d'indication affichées dans le champ de données.
     
    14. Support lisible par une machine, incorporant des instructions qui, quand elles sont exécutées par une machine, amènent la machine à effectuer le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes.
     
    15. Dispositif (40) pour entrer des données dans une application, le dispositif (40) comprenant :

    des moyens pour générer un clavier (60, 100) d'interface graphique d'utilisateur (GUI) au sein de l'application, le clavier (60, 100) comprenant plusieurs touches d'identification (80A, 80B, 82, 84), chaque touche d'identification parmi les plusieurs touches d'identification étant associé à un code généré aléatoirement représentant chaque touche d'identification respective ;

    des moyens pour afficher le clavier GUI dans l'application ;

    des moyens pour générer des données associées à une touche d'identification sélectionnée et pour afficher des données d'indication représentatives des données générées dans un champ de données (92, 94, 95, 97, 99) ;

    des moyens pour contrôler la position d'un pointeur d'un dispositif de pointage (46) en relation avec les multiples touches (80A, 80B, 82, 84) ; et

    des moyens pour détecter que le pointeur du dispositif de pointage (46) a été positionné sur l'une des multiples touches d'identification (80A, 80B, 82, 84) pendant une durée prédéterminée,

    détectant ainsi la sélection de la touche d'identification, la sélection de la touche d'identification étant indépendante de l'action de cliquer ou de toute autre interruption de dispositif associée au dispositif de pointage (46).


     
    16. Dispositif selon la revendication 15, dans lequel :

    les moyens pour afficher le clavier de GUI (60, 100) et les moyens pour générer des données comprennent un module d'affichage de clavier (52) ; et

    les moyens pour contrôler et les moyens pour détecter comprennent un module de détection (54).


     
    17. Dispositif selon la revendication 16, comprenant en outre une horloge (56) configurée pour fournir au module de détection (54) une durée prédéterminée pendant laquelle le pointeur est positionné sur la touche identifiée.
     
    18. Dispositif selon la revendication 16, dans lequel le module d'affichage de clavier (52) et le module de détection (54) sont conçus pour fonctionner au sein de l'application.
     
    19. Dispositif selon la revendication 15, arrangé pour effectuer le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 13.
     
    20. Dispositif selon la revendication 16, comprenant en outre un module de création de clavier (50) configuré pour créer un clavier de GUI (60, 100), le clavier de GUI (60, 100) étant configuré en fonction d'un champ de données d'entrée de données associé au clavier de GUI.
     
    21. Dispositif selon la revendication 20, dans lequel le module de création de clavier (50) est configuré pour créer de petites variations dans la conception du clavier de GUI (60, 100).
     




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