American tech giant IBM has filed a blockchain based web browser patent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, reported Cointelegraph on August 11th.
According to a patent application published on Aug. 6, IBM has filed a patent application for a system that stores web browser events on a blockchain. The browser described in the filing collects information during web browsing sessions and transfers it to peers in a peer-to-peer network for on-chain storage of the in-browser events.
Examples of data that could be stored on chain include: visited websites, bookmarks, search terms, cookies, geolocation and a record of browser security patches, among others.
One potential use case the document includes, among others, is an attack on a computer’s browser. If secured by blockchain technology, a viable backup of all user information is available.
Another notable feature of the IBM's system is the inclusion of a token, which will reportedly verify users’ browser session activities, including generated queries, program or service execution results, user cohort and context, risk assessment, and forecast, as they are packaged into blocks for the peer to peer network.