Search engine service utilizing hash algorithms

Patent No. 8,131,738

Issued: March 6, 2012
Filed: December 30, 2008

Inventors: Gerber; Benjamin S. (Southfield, MI)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A secure search method of securing searches by a user through a hash provider using a search engine. The user registers with the hash provider. The hash provider sends a unique number, encrypted result database, and hashed index to the search engine. The user enters in at least one search term to be searched. The user hashes the search term and sends the search term to the search engine with the unique number. The search engine searches and selects the hashed index and encrypted result database based on the unique number. The encrypted result data set taken from the encrypted result database is sent to user. The user decrypts the result set.

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