(19)
(11)EP 3 483 765 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
01.04.2020 Bulletin 2020/14

(21)Application number: 18213744.8

(22)Date of filing:  02.09.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
G06F 21/41  (2013.01)

(54)

AUTOMATICALLY CONNECTING TO ONLINE SERVICE

AUTOMATISCHES VERBINDEN MIT EINEN ONLINE-SERVICE

ÉTABLISSEMENT AUTOMATIQUE D'UNE CONNEXION À UN SERVICE EN LIGNE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 07.09.2010 KR 20100087663

(43)Date of publication of application:
15.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/20

(62)Application number of the earlier application in accordance with Art. 76 EPC:
11823744.5 / 2614476

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 16677 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • BAE, Joo-Yoon
    138-738 Seoul (KR)
  • LEE, Hun
    133-170 Seoul (KR)
  • KIM, Cheol-Hoi
    134-021 Seoul (KR)
  • CHOI, Ji-Hoon
    133-093 Seoul (KR)

(74)Representative: HGF Limited 
Saviour House 9 St. Saviourgate
York YO1 8NQ
York YO1 8NQ (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 1 528 453
US-A1- 2007 186 106
GB-A- 2 349 244
US-B1- 7 702 794
  
      
    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

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to a method and apparatus for connecting to online services, and more particularly, to a method and apparatus for connecting to online services, whereby a user is capable of being automatically logged into a plurality of online services by using a single password.

    Background Art



    [0002] Various services to which users can connect online at any time, place, or with any type of device have increased and the amount of information needed to use the services, e.g., an IDentification (ID) and a password, has also increased. The more services are used, the more IDs and passwords have to be remembered by the user. If a user owns a plurality of devices for connecting to services, the user will be inconvenienced even more by having to input log-in information each time any of the plurality of devices connects to a service.

    [0003] GB-2349244-A relates to a distributed client/server computer system comprising a network of servers and clients, such as the Internet, in which user access to certain restricted resources administered by some servers is controlled by a logon procedure that identifies an authorised user to the respective administering server. The system includes a logon server accessible by clients, and the logon server is provided with: a) a user authentication procedure by which a user can log on to the logon server from any client and uniquely identify that user to the logon server; b) a stored library, specific to a user of the logon server, of network addresses of user-selected resources, including restricted resources, and of user data to satisfy logon procedures for the user to access the restricted resources; and c) means for detecting a request from a logged-in user through a given client for access to data from a resource, and, in the case of a restricted resource, for then carrying out at least one of the following procedures: i) using the stored library to complete a user logon procedure, receiving the requested data from the server administering the resource, and forwarding the data to the client; (ii) using the stored library to prepare a user logon form and forwarding the form to the client by which it was requested, for the user to submit to the resource to log the user on to that resource; (iii) using the stored library of user data to partially complete a user logon form for that resource on behalf of the user, serving the partially complete form to the client, receiving the form from the client after the insertion of data by the user, and adding data inserted into the form by the user to the library for recall for future use in procedure (i) or (ii). The logon server in effect maintains a library of usernames and passwords for the selected restricted web sites chosen by each user and automatically logs the user on to them when selected by the user from a personal catalogue held by the logon server.

    [0004] EP-1528453-A2 relates to methods in which a credential is translated with one of different credential provider modules each translating a corresponding different type of credential into a common protocol. The translated credential is communicated through an API to a logon UI module to an operating system (OS) of a local machine. An OS logon module is called by the logon UI module to authenticate the translated credential against a credential database. A user identified by the translated credential is logged on to access the local machine when the authentication is successful. The credential can also be used with a selection received from the logon UI module via a corresponding one of different pre-log access provider (FLAP) modules that each communicate with the API. The API establishes a network session with an access service specified by the selected FLAP module when the credential is authenticated with the credential database

    Disclosure of Invention


    Solution to Problem



    [0005] Accordingly, the present invention has been made to solve the above-mentioned problems, and to provide at least the advantages as described below. An aim of the present invention is to provide methods and apparatuses for connecting to online services, whereby a user may log into internet online services via plurality of devices by simply inputting a single password without having to repeatedly perform a log-in operation by inputting IDs and passwords individually for the plurality of devices, and for performing data synchronization by using a communication network between devices or between a device and a server.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0006] The above and other features and advantages of the embodiments of the present invention will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

    FIG. 1 is a flowchart illustrating a method of registering a unity password, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to another embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 4 is a diagram, which illustrates interface screens displaying a method of connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to another embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a synchronization process for connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

    FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a system for connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention.


    Best Mode for Carrying out the Invention



    [0007] According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method according to claim 1.

    [0008] According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided a terminal according to claim 5.

    [0009] According to a third aspect of the present invention, there is provided computer-readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program according to claim 9.

    [0010] According to an example of the disclosure, there is disclosed a method of connecting to an online service, performed by a terminal, the method including transmitting information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information to an external device, receiving second authentication information detected based on the transmitted information, from the external device, and logging into the selected online service, based on the received second authentication information.

    [0011] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided a method of connecting to an online service, the method including receiving information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information from a terminal, detecting second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, based on the received information, and transmitting the detected second authentication information to the terminal.

    [0012] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided a method of connecting to an online service, performed by a terminal, the method including receiving information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information, determining second authentication information detected based on the received information, and logging into the selected online service based on the determined second authentication information.

    [0013] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided a method of connecting to an online service, the method including receiving information regarding at least one online service, first authentication information, and second authentication information regarding the at least one online service from a terminal, storing the received information regarding the at least one online service, first authentication information, and second authentication information regarding the at least one online service, and if the first authentication information is received from an external terminal, transmitting the stored information and the second authentication information regarding the at least one online service to the external terminal.

    [0014] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided an apparatus for connecting to an online service, the apparatus including a transmitter for transmitting information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information to an external device, a receiver for receiving second authentication information detected based on the transmitted information, from the external device, and a controller for logging into the selected online service, based on the received second authentication information.

    [0015] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided an apparatus for connecting to an online service, the apparatus including a receiver for receiving information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information from a terminal, a controller for detecting second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, based on the received information, and a transmitter for transmitting the detected second authentication information to the terminal.

    [0016] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided an apparatus for connecting to an online service, the apparatus including a receiver for receiving information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information, and a controller for determining second authentication information detected based on the received information, and logging into the selected online service based on the determined second authentication information.

    [0017] According to another example of the present disclosure, there is provided an apparatus for connecting to an online service, the apparatus including a receiver for receiving information regarding at least one online service, first authentication information, and second authentication information regarding the at least one online service from a terminal, a database for storing the received information regarding the at least one online service, first authentication information, and the second authentication information regarding the at least one online service, a controller for detecting the information and second authentication information regarding the at least one online service, which are stored in the database, when the receiver receives the first authentication information from an external terminal, and a transmitter for transmitting the detected information and second authentication information to the external terminal.

    Mode for the Invention



    [0018] Hereinafter, the present invention will be described in greater detail with reference to the accompanying drawings in which aspects of the present invention are illustrated. In the following description, same or similar drawing reference numerals are used for the same or similar elements throughout the drawings.

    [0019] FIG. 1 is a flowchart illustrating a method of registering a unity password, according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 1, in step 110, a user generates first authentication information. The first authentication information may be a unity password. In an embodiment of the present invention, the unity password may be a password whereby a user may automatically log into a plurality of online services without having to input a plurality of pieces of authentication information corresponding to the online services.

    [0020] In step 120, the user selects an online service that may be supported by a terminal.

    [0021] In step 130, the user inputs second authentication information regarding the selected online service. The second authentication information may be an ID and a password for logging into the selected online service. The ID may be a user name or an email account according to the type of online service. If the user's ID and password have already been stored, the user may change the stored ID and password by inputting new second authentication information.

    [0022] In step 140, the input first authentication information and second authentication information are stored in the terminal in the form of a data field.

    [0023] In step 150, the terminal transmits the first authentication information, the second authentication information, and unique ID information thereof to a server. If the terminal is a mobile device, the unique ID information may be telephone numbers. Then, after the server completes authentication of the terminal, the first authentication information, the second authentication information, and the unique ID information are stored in a database of the server in the form of a data field. The authentication may be performed by using a Short Message Service (SMS) or e-mail.

    [0024] FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 2, in step 210, a terminal receives an input signal containing information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information. The information regarding the selected online service may be a selection signal indicating that the online service is selected to be logged into. The first authentication information may be a unity password.

    [0025] In step 220, the terminal determines second authentication information detected based on the received information. Specifically, the terminal performs user authentication according to the first authentication information, and then determines second authentication information corresponding to the selected online service from among second authentication information regarding online services, which is stored therein. The second authentication information may be an ID and password for logging into the selected online service.

    [0026] In step 230, the terminal is automatically logged into the selected online service according to the determined second authentication information.

    [0027] In the current embodiment, a user may be automatically logged into a plurality of online services by simply inputting a unity password only once without having to individually input IDs and passwords for the plurality of online services. For example, if the user selects an online service B from among online services A, B, and C to which the terminal is allowed to be connected and inputs the unity password to log into the online service B, then the user is automatically logged into the online service B.

    [0028] FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 3, a terminal is automatically logged into an online service by receiving second authentication information from a server, unlike in FIG. 2 in which the terminal itself determines the second authentication information.

    [0029] Referring to FIG. 3, in step 310, the terminal transmits information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information to an external device, e.g., the server. The information regarding the selected online service may be a selection signal indicating that the online service is selected to be logged into. The first authentication information may be a unity password. Also, the terminal may further transmit unique ID information thereof, e.g., telephone numbers, for performing user authentication, to the server.

    [0030] In step 320, the terminal receives second authentication information, which is detected based on the transmitted information, from the server. The server transmits second authentication information corresponding to the selected online service to the terminal, based on the information received from the terminal. The second authentication information may be an ID and password for logging into the online service.

    [0031] In step 330, the terminal is automatically logged into the selected online service, based on the second authentication information.

    [0032] FIG. 4 is a diagram which illustrates interface screens displaying a method of connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 4, a service request interface screen 400 displays 'tumblr' 401, 'facebook' 402, and 'twitter' 403 as selectable online services. If a user selects 'twitter' 403 to log into, then the service request interface screen 400 is switched to a unity password input interface screen 410. In this case, the user is automatically logged into 'twitter' 403 and unity password input interface screen 410 is switched to a twitter service screen 420 by simply inputting a unity password only once. Similarly, if the user selects 'tumblr' 401 or 'facebook' 402 to log into, the service request interface screen 400 is also switched to the unity password input interface screen 410. Thus, the user may be automatically logged into 'tumblr' 401, 'facebook' 402, and 'twitter' 403 by simply inputting the unity password once without having to individually input IDs and passwords corresponding to 'tumblr' 401, 'facebook' 402, and 'twitter' 403.

    [0033] FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating a method of connecting to an online service, according to another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 3, a terminal performs connecting to an online service, whereas, in FIG. 5, a server performs connecting to an online service.

    [0034] Referring to FIG. 5, in step 510, the server receives information regarding a selected online service and first authentication information from the terminal. The information regarding the selected online service may be a selection signal indicating that the online service is selected to be logged into, and the first authentication information may be a unity password. The server may further receive unique ID information of the terminal, e.g., telephone numbers, for performing user authentication from the terminal.

    [0035] In step 520, the server detects second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, based on the received information. Specifically, the server performs user authentication according to the first authentication information, and detects second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, based on the information regarding the selected online service. The server may use the first authentication information and the unique ID information regarding the terminal to perform user authentication. The second authentication information may be an ID and password for logging into the online service.

    [0036] In step 530, the server transmits the detected second authentication information to the terminal.

    [0037] FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating a synchronization process for connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 6, in step 610, a first terminal or a server receives first authentication information from a second terminal. The first terminal and the second terminal, or the server and the second terminal are connected via wireless network, e.g., Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®, or via predetermined wired/wireless communication network, e.g., the Internet. The first terminal authenticates a user of the second terminal based on first authentication information received from the second terminal. The server also authenticates the user of the second terminal based on first authentication information received from the second terminal. The server may further receive unique ID information regarding the second terminal from the second terminal. In this case, the server authenticates the user of the second terminal, based on both the first authentication information and the unique ID information.

    [0038] In step 620, the first terminal or the server transmits information and second authentication information regarding at least one online service, which are stored in a storage unit or database therein, to the second terminal. The second authentication information may be an ID and password for logging into the online service.

    [0039] FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a system for connecting to an online service, according to an embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 7, the system includes an online service connecting apparatus 710, a server 720, and an external terminal 730. The online service connecting apparatus 710 includes a receiver 711, a storage unit 712, a controller 713, a transmitter 714, and a display unit 715. The server 720 includes a receiver 721, a database 722, a controller 723, and a transmitter 724. Here, first authentication information may be a unity password, whereby a user may log into a plurality of online services without having to individually input authentication information corresponding to the plurality of online services, and the second authentication information may be, for example, an ID and password for logging into at least one online service. The ID may be a user name or email account according to a type of online service.

    [0040] A method of registering the first authentication information and the second authentication information with the online service connecting apparatus 710 and the server 720, according to an embodiment of the present invention, is described below.

    [0041] A user selects one from among several online services that may be supported by the online service connecting apparatus 710, displayed on the display unit 715 of the online service connecting apparatus 710, and then inputs second authentication information regarding the selected online service. If an ID and password for the selected online service have already been stored, they may be changed by inputting new second authentication information. In the online service connecting apparatus 710, the controller 713 stores first authentication information and the second authentication information input from a user in the storage unit 712 in the form of a data field. Then, the transmitter 714 transmits the first authentication information and second authentication information to the server 720. The transmitter 714 may further transmit unique ID information for the online service connecting apparatus 710 for authenticating a user of the online service connecting apparatus 710, to the server 720. If the online service connecting apparatus 710 is a mobile device, the unique ID information may be telephone numbers. Thereafter, the controller 723 of the server 720 completes authentication of the user of the online service connecting apparatus 710, and stores the received first authentication information, second authentication information, and unique ID information in the database 722 of the server 720 in the form of a data field. The authentication may be performed by using an SMS or email.

    [0042] First and second methods of connecting to an online service, performed by the online service connecting apparatus 710, according to embodiments of the present invention, are described below.

    [0043] In the first method, an online service is connected to, based on information stored in the online service connecting apparatus 710. In the online service connecting apparatus 710, the receiver 711 receives information regarding an online service selected by a user and first authentication information. The information regarding the selected online service may be a selection signal indicating that the online service is selected to be logged into.

    [0044] The controller 713 compares the received first authentication information with first authentication information stored in the storage unit 712. If the received first authentication information and the stored first authentication information are the same, the controller 713 performs user authentication. After the user authentication, the controller 713 determines second authentication information corresponding to the selected online service, stored in the storage unit 712. Then, the controller 713 is automatically logged into the selected online service, based on the determined second authentication information.

    [0045] In the second method, an online service is connected to, based on second authentication information stored in the server 720. In the online service connecting apparatus 710, the transmitter 711 transmits information regarding an online service selected by a user and first authentication information to the receiver 721 of the server 720. The transmitter 711 may further transmit unique ID information regarding the online service connecting apparatus 710, e.g., telephone numbers, for authenticating a user of the online service connecting apparatus 710, to the receiver 721.

    [0046] The controller 723 of the server 720 detects second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, based on the received information. Specifically, the controller 723 performs user authentication by comparing the received first authentication information with first authentication information stored in the database 722 of the server 720, and detects second authentication information for logging into the selected online service, which is stored in the database 722, based on the information regarding the selected online service. The controller 723 may perform user authentication by using the received first authentication information and unique ID information. Then, the transmitter 724 of the server 720 transmits the detected second authentication information to the online service connecting apparatus 710.

    [0047] The receiver 711 of the online service connecting apparatus 710 receives the second authentication information from the server 720, and the controller 713 is automatically logged into the selected online service, based on the second authentication information.

    [0048] A synchronization process performed between either the online service connecting apparatus 710 or the server 720 and the external terminal 730 according to an embodiment of the present invention is described below.

    [0049] The online service connecting apparatus 710 and the external terminal 730 may be connected via wireless network, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth®. In the online service connecting apparatus 710, the receiver 711 receives first authentication information from the external terminal 730. If the received first authentication information is the same as first authentication information stored in the storage unit 712, the controller 713 authenticates a user of the external terminal 730. Then, the transmitter 724 transmits information and second authentication information regarding at least one online service, which are stored in the storage unit 712, to the external terminal 730.

    [0050] The server 720 and the external terminal 730 may be connected via predetermined wired/wireless communication network, such as the Internet. In the server 720, the receiver 721 receives first authentication information from the external terminal 730. The receiver 721 may further include unique ID information regarding the external terminal 730 to perform user authentication.

    [0051] The controller 723 performs user authentication by comparing the received first authentication information with first authentication information stored in the database 722.

    [0052] Otherwise, the controller 723 may perform user authentication based on the received first authentication information and unique ID information. Then, the transmitter 724 transmits information and second authentication information regarding at least one online service, which are stored in the database 724, to the external terminal 730.

    [0053] The methods for connecting to an online service according to the above embodiments can be implemented as computer readable codes in a non-transitory computer readable medium where the computer readable medium may be any recording apparatus capable of storing data that is read by a computer system, e.g., a Read-Only Memory (ROM), a Random Access Memory (RAM), a Compact Disc (CD)-ROM, a magnetic tape, a floppy disk, an optical data storage device, and so on. The computer readable medium can be distributed among computer systems that are interconnected through a network, and the present invention may be stored and implemented as computer readable code in the distributed system. Also, functional programs, codes, and code segments for performing the above methods may be easily derived by programmers in the technical field of the present invention.

    [0054] While the present invention has been shown and described with reference to various embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that various changes in form and detail may be made therein without departing from the scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A method of connecting to an online service, the method comprising:

    receiving a user input selecting a service among at least one service available to a terminal from a user of the terminal (710);

    receiving first authentication information from the user of the terminal (710), wherein the first authentication information comprises a unity password, and wherein the first authentication information does not include a user identification, ID;

    authenticating the user of the terminal (710) by using the first authentication information;

    said method being characterized by:

    determining by the terminal (710) second authentication information corresponding to the selected online service among at least one piece of individual authentication information corresponding to the authenticated user of the terminal (710), wherein the second authentication information comprises the user ID and password for logging into the selected service; and

    automatically logging into the selected service using the second authentication information;

    wherein one entry of the unity password enables logging into each service of the at least one service.


     
    2. The method of claim 1, wherein the authenticating the user of the terminal (710) comprises:

    comparing the first authentication information received from the terminal (710) with previously stored first authentication information; and

    authenticating the user of the terminal (710) as the authenticated user when the first authentication information received from the terminal (710) and the previously stored first authentication information are identical.


     
    3. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

    receiving the first authentication information from the user of the terminal (710);

    receiving the at least one piece of individual authentication information for logging into each service of the at least one service from the user of the terminal (710); and

    storing the first authentication information and the at least one piece of individual authentication information.


     
    4. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

    providing a list of the at least one service automatically logged into;

    receiving a user input for selecting a service from the list of the at least one service; and

    providing the selected service.


     
    5. A terminal (710) for connecting to an online service, the terminal (710) comprising:

    a receiver (711); and

    a controller (713)configured to:

    receive, by controlling the receiver (711), a user input selecting a service among at least one service available to the terminal (710);

    receive, by controlling the receiver (711), first authentication information from the user of the terminal (710), wherein the first authentication information comprises a unity password, and wherein the first authentication information does not include a user identification, ID;

    authenticate the user of the terminal (710) using the first authentication information;

    determine second authentication information corresponding to the selected service among at least one piece of individual authentication information corresponding to the authenticated user of the terminal (710), wherein the second authentication information comprises the user ID and password for logging into the selected service; and

    automatically log into the selected service using the second authentication information;

    wherein one entry of the unity password enables logging into each service of the at least one service.


     
    6. The terminal (710) of claim 5, wherein the controller (713) is further configured to:

    compare the first authentication information received from the terminal (710) with previously stored first authentication information, and

    authenticate the user of the terminal (710) as the authenticated user when the first authentication information received from the terminal (710) and the previously stored first authentication information are identical.


     
    7. The terminal (710) of claim 5, further comprising:

    a storage unit (712);

    wherein the controller is further configured to:

    receive, by controlling the receiver (711), the first authentication information from the user of the terminal (710);

    receive, by controlling the receiver (711), the at least one piece of individual authentication information for logging into each service of the at least one service from the user of the terminal (710); and

    store, by controlling the storage unit (712), the first authentication information and the least one piece of individual authentication information.


     
    8. The terminal (710) of claim 5, wherein the controller (713) is further configured to: provide a list of the at least one service automatically logged into; and to provide, according to a user input for selecting a service from the list of the at least one service, the selected service.
     
    9. A computer-readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program for implementing a method of connecting to an online service, the method comprising:

    receiving a user input selecting a service among at least one service available to a terminal (710) from a user of the terminal (710);

    receiving first authentication information from the user of the terminal (710), wherein the first authentication information comprises a unity password, and wherein the first authentication information does not include a user identification (ID);

    authenticating the user of the terminal (710) using the first authentication information;

    determining by the terminal (710) second authentication information corresponding to the selected service among at least one piece of individual authentication information corresponding to the authenticated user of the terminal (710), wherein the second authentication information comprises the user ID and password for logging into the selected service; and

    automatically logging into the selected service using the second authentication information;

    wherein one entry of the unity password enables logging into each service of the at least one service.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zur Verbindung mit einem Online-Dienst, wobei das Verfahren folgendes umfasst:

    Empfangen einer Benutzereingabe, die einen Dienst aus mindestens einem Dienst auswählt, der für ein Endgerät von einem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710) verfügbar ist;

    Empfangen erster Authentifizierungsinformationen von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710), wobei die ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen ein Einheitspasswort umfassen, und wobei die Authentifizierungsinformationen keine Benutzerkennung, ID, aufweisen;

    Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) unter Verwendung der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    wobei das Verfahren gekennzeichnet ist durch:

    Bestimmen zweiter Authentifizierungsinformationen durch das Endgerät (710), die dem ausgewählten Online-Dienst entsprechen, aus mindestens einem Teil individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen, die dem authentifizierten Benutzer des Endgeräts (710) entsprechen, wobei die zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen die Benutzerkennung und ein Passwort zur Anmeldung an dem ausgewählten Dienst umfassen; und

    automatisches Anmelden an dem ausgewählten Dienst unter Verwendung der zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    wobei eine Eingabe des Einheitspassworts die Anmeldung an jedem Dienst des mindestens einen Dienstes ermöglicht.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) folgendes umfasst:

    Vergleichen der von dem Endgerät (710) empfangenen ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen mit vorher gespeicherten ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen; und

    Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) als den authentifizierten Benutzer, wenn die von dem Endgerät (710) empfangenen ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen und die vorher gespeicherten ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen identisch sind.


     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

    Empfangen der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710);

    Empfangen des mindestens einen Teils individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen zur Anmeldung an jedem Dienst des mindestens einen Dienstes von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710); und

    Speichern der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen und des mindestens einen Teils individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen.


     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:

    Bereitstellen einer Liste des mindestens einen Dienstes mit automatischer Anmeldung;

    Empfangen einer Benutzereingabe zur Auswahl eines Dienstes aus der Liste des mindestens einen Dienstes; und

    Bereitstellen des ausgewählten Dienstes.


     
    5. Endgerät (710) zur Verbindung mit einem Online-Dienst, wobei das Endgerät (710) folgendes umfasst:

    einen Empfänger (711); und

    eine Steuereinheit (713), die für folgende Zwecke gestaltet ist:

    durch Steuern des Empfängers (711) Empfangen einer Benutzereingabe, die einen Dienst aus dem mindestens einem Dienst auswählt, der für das Endgerät (710) verfügbar ist;

    durch Steuern des Empfängers (711) Empfangen erster Authentifizierungsinformationen von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710), wobei die ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen ein Einheitspasswort umfassen, und wobei die ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen keine Benutzerkennung, ID, umfassen;

    Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) unter Verwendung der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    Bestimmen zweiter Authentifizierungsinformationen, die dem ausgewählten Dienst aus dem mindestens einen Teil individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen entsprechen, entsprechend dem authentifizierten Benutzer des Endgeräts (710), wobei die zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen die Benutzerkennung und ein Passwort zur Anmeldung an dem ausgewählten Dienst umfassen; und

    automatische Anmeldung an dem ausgewählten Dienst unter Verwendung der zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    wobei eine Eingabe des Einheitspassworts die Anmeldung an jedem Dienst des mindestens einen Dienstes ermöglicht.


     
    6. Endgerät (710) nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Steuereinheit (713) ferner für folgende Zwecke gestaltet ist:

    Vergleichen der von dem Endgerät (710) empfangenen ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen mit vorher gespeicherten ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen; und

    Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) als den authentifizierten Benutzer, wenn die von dem Endgerät (710) empfangenen ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen und die vorher gespeicherten ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen identisch sind.


     
    7. Endgerät (710) nach Anspruch 5, ferner umfassend:

    eine Speichereinheit (712);

    wobei die Steuereinheit ferner für folgende Zwecke gestaltet ist:

    durch Steuern des Empfängers (711) Empfangen der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710);

    durch Steuern des Empfängers (711) Empfangen des mindestens einen Teils individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen zur Anmeldung an jedem Dienst des mindestens einen Dienstes von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710); und

    durch Steuern der Speichereinheit (712) Speichern der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen und des mindestens einen Teils individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen.


     
    8. Endgerät (710) nach Anspruch 5, wobei die Steuereinheit (713) ferner für folgende Zwecke gestaltet ist:
    Bereitstellen einer Liste des mindestens einen Dienstes mit automatischer Anmeldung; und Bereitstellen des ausgewählten Dienstes gemäß einer Benutzereingabe zur Auswahl eines Dienstes aus der Liste des mindestens einen Dienstes.
     
    9. Computerlesbares Speichermedium, auf dem ein Programm zur Implementierung eines Verfahrens zur Verbindung mit einem Online-Dienst gespeichert ist, wobei das Verfahren folgendes umfasst:

    Empfangen einer Benutzereingabe, die einen Dienst aus dem mindestens einen für ein Endgerät (710) verfügbaren Dienst auswählt, von einem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710);

    Empfangen erster Authentifizierungsinformationen von dem Benutzer des Endgeräts (710), wobei die ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen ein Einheitspasswort umfassen, und wobei die ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen keine Benutzerkennung (ID) umfassen;

    Authentifizieren des Benutzers des Endgeräts (710) unter Verwendung der ersten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    Bestimmen durch das Endgerät (710) zweiter Authentifizierungsinformationen gemäß dem ausgewählten Dienst aus dem mindestens einen Teil individueller Authentifizierungsinformationen, die dem authentifizierten Benutzer des Endgeräts (710) entsprechen, wobei die zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen die Benutzerkennung und ein Passwort zur Anmeldung an dem ausgewählten Dienst umfassen; und

    automatisches Anmelden an dem ausgewählten Dienst unter Verwendung der zweiten Authentifizierungsinformationen;

    wobei eine Eingabe des Einheitspassworts die Anmeldung an jedem Dienst des mindestens einen Dienstes ermöglicht.


     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de connexion à un service en ligne, le procédé comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    réception d'une entrée utilisateur sélectionnant d'un service parmi au moins un service disponible sur un terminal par un utilisateur du terminal (710) ;

    réception des premières informations d'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710), les premières informations d'authentification comprenant un mot de passe d'unité, et les premières informations d'authentification ne comprenant pas d'identification d'utilisateur, ID ;

    authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) à l'aide des premières informations d'authentification ;

    ledit procédé étant caractérisé par les étapes suivantes :

    détermination par le terminal (710) de secondes informations d'authentification correspondant au service en ligne sélectionné parmi au moins une information d'authentification individuelle correspondant à l'utilisateur authentifié du terminal (710), les secondes informations d'authentification comprenant l'ID utilisateur et le mot de passe pour se connecter au service sélectionné ; et

    connexion automatique au service sélectionné à l'aide des secondes informations d'authentification ;

    une entrée du mot de passe d'unité permettant de se connecter à chaque service de l'au moins un service.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, l'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    comparaison les premières informations d'authentification reçues du terminal (710) avec les premières informations d'authentification précédemment stockées ; et

    authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) en tant qu'utilisateur authentifié lorsque les premières informations d'authentification reçues du terminal (710) et les premières informations d'authentification précédemment stockées sont identiques.


     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre les étapes suivantes :

    réception des premières informations d'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) ;

    réception d'au moins une information d'authentification individuelle pour se connecter à chaque service de l'au moins un service de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) ; et

    stockage des premières informations d'authentification et de l'au moins une information d'authentification individuelle.


     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre les étapes suivantes :

    fourniture d'une liste de l'au moins un service automatiquement connecté ;

    réception d'une entrée utilisateur pour la sélection d'un service dans la liste de l'au moins un service ; et

    fourniture du service sélectionné.


     
    5. Terminal (710) pour la connexion à un service en ligne, le terminal (710) comprenant :

    un récepteur (711) ; et

    un dispositif de commande (713) conçu pour :

    recevoir, en commandant le récepteur (711), une entrée utilisateur sélectionnant un service parmi au moins un service disponible sur le terminal (710) ;

    recevoir, en commandant le récepteur (711), des premières informations d'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710), les premières informations d'authentification comprenant un mot de passe d'unité, et les premières informations d'authentification ne comprenant pas d'identification d'utilisateur, ID ;

    authentifier l'utilisateur du terminal (710) à l'aide des premières informations d'authentification ;

    déterminer des secondes informations d'authentification correspondant au service sélectionné parmi au moins une information d'authentification individuelle correspondant à l'utilisateur authentifié du terminal (710), les secondes informations d'authentification comprenant l'ID utilisateur et le mot de passe pour se connecter au service sélectionné ; et

    se connecter automatiquement au service sélectionné à l'aide des secondes informations d'authentification ;

    une entrée du mot de passe d'unité permettant de se connecter à chaque service de l'au moins un service.


     
    6. Terminal (710) selon la revendication 5, le dispositif de commande (713) étant en outre conçu pour :

    comparer les premières informations d'authentification reçues du terminal (710) avec les premières informations d'authentification précédemment stockées

    authentifier l'utilisateur du terminal (710) en tant qu'utilisateur authentifié lorsque les premières informations d'authentification reçues du terminal (710) et les premières informations d'authentification précédemment stockées sont identiques.


     
    7. Procédé (710) selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre les étapes suivantes :

    une unité de stockage (712) ;

    le dispositif de commande étant en outre conçu pour :

    recevoir, en commandant le récepteur (711), les premières informations d'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) ;

    recevoir, en commandant le récepteur (711), l'au moins une information d'authentification individuelle pour se connecter à chaque service de l'au moins un service de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) ; et

    stocker, en commandant l'unité de stockage (712), la première information d'authentification et l'au moins une information d'authentification individuelle.


     
    8. Terminal (710) selon la revendication 5, le dispositif de commande (713) étant en outre conçu pour : fournir une liste de l'au moins un service automatiquement connecté ; et fournir, selon une entrée utilisateur pour sélectionner un service dans la liste de l'au moins un service, le service sélectionné.
     
    9. Support d'enregistrement lisible par ordinateur sur lequel est enregistré un programme pour mettre en Ĺ“uvre un procédé de connexion à un service en ligne, le procédé comprenant les étapes suivantes :

    réception d'une entrée utilisateur sélectionnant d'un service parmi au moins un service disponible sur un terminal (710) par un utilisateur du terminal (710) ;

    réception des premières informations d'authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710), les premières informations d'authentification comprenant un mot de passe d'unité, et les premières informations d'authentification ne comprenant pas d'identification d'utilisateur (ID) ;

    authentification de l'utilisateur du terminal (710) à l'aide des premières informations d'authentification ;

    détermination par le terminal (710) de secondes informations d'authentification correspondant au service sélectionné parmi au moins une information d'authentification individuelle correspondant à l'utilisateur authentifié du terminal (710), les secondes informations d'authentification comprenant l'ID utilisateur et le mot de passe pour se connecter au service sélectionné ; et

    connexion automatique au service sélectionné à l'aide des secondes informations d'authentification ;

    une entrée du mot de passe d'unité permettant de se connecter à chaque service de l'au moins un service.


     




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