Kount Garners Patent for Device Fingerprinting and ‘Proxy Piercing’

May 9, 2011

Kount Inc., a Boise, Id. fraud prevention solution provider, said it has received a patent for its device fingerprinting and proxy piercing geolocation technologies. U.S. patent number 7,937,467–“Online Machine Data Collection and Archiving Process”—describes the generation and analysis of a machine data profile of a customer computer accessing a merchant website. In addition to creating a device fingerprint, the technology “pierces” through anonymizing proxies to detect the true IP address and geolocation of the customer computer. “Device fingerprinting and Proxy Piercer geolocation tools provide a unique advantage in determining a computer, cell phone or mobile device ID and true location of each customer that visits a website,” said Brad Wiskirchen, CEO of Kount. “These technologies, while a foundation for the fraud detection industry, are also becoming increasingly important as a replacement for the less-persistent cookie technologies used by many in the online space.”