TechRadar: Behavioural biometrics – the future of security

“The technology profiles how a person interacts with a website on their mobile device by analysing their typing rhythm, how they hit and release the keys,” says Dr. Neil Costigan, CEO at Swedish IT and security company BehavioSec, which has a patented technology called BehavioAion that can be integrated into an app or a smartphone OS. “In addition it measures the pressure someone puts on the screen as they type, the angle they’re holding the phone, and how quick they move across the screen.”

Mixed with data from a smartphone’s built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, it’s possible to come up with a profile of each person. “We can monitor typing in real-time to verify a person is who they say they are just by watching their typing behaviour,” says Costigan. “Computationally what we do is quite light, so it’s not as if we need faster and better phones.”

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