Google patent aims to change your phone's security settings based on your location
One of the main pillars that supports Google's advertising business is location services. As much as Google relies on search history, and other information to serve you ads, the ads of the future are going to be part of Google Now or Google Maps/Waze, and rely on serving you ads for things nearby. But, ads isn't the only service that gets better with location, and Google has a new patent to help alter your phone security based on location.
We have already seen similar processes at work with various apps that deal with phone profiles; and, of course we've seen a similar idea with the Motorola Moto X's option to disable security when connected to a trusted Bluetooth device. So, there is definitely some prior art out there to show that once again the USPTO can't really handle software patents.
The idea of the patent is pretty simple: if you're at home, you probably don't want any security on your phone, but maybe when you're traveling you want much more strict security settings. It's definitely a solid idea, and one that we would like to see in our devices, but as is the case with most software patents, we're not sure it's much more than a logical conclusion.