It’s certainly clear that it is hard to predict what to expect from technology. Once we were owed by the ability to secure one’s smartphone with either their voice, eye or finger through detectors .This has since been outdone now. There’s a new Application (app) in town that now uses your behaviour as your security.


Banks in Europe’s Nordic region have begun rolling out a new kind of security technology for their mobile apps that tracks the pressure and speed of how customers type a pin number into their Smartphones. This way even if a friend knows someone’s pin, they wouldn’t be able to get in thanks to all the automatic nuances in the way people type, such as rhythm and pressure on the keys.

The App known as Behaviosec, is owned by a Swedish security start-up company. The app tends to focus on small details such as the flight between the keys, which corners of the keys you tend to hit, where you pause; do you circle in on a button or do you go straight to it and hit it? The App’s latest research takes into account how people hold and move their phone based on data from a device gyroscope and accelerometer to authenticate users even more quickly.

In its current form, the technology works by first watching how someone types or swipes through a pin code on, say, a mobile banking app. After a while, it builds a model of that person’s behaviour which it then uses to weigh up against new users.

The App is being adopted in Sweden, Norway and Denmark where bank clients will be doubly verified by their typing behaviour, not just their pin number, Costigan claims.

The start-up claims a high success rate on verification: it reached 99.7% session accuracy when it trialled its behavior-tracking technology in conjunction with a pin number.

If this technology takes off, it could add a whole new layer of security for apps and phones that would be much harder for fraudsters to rip off. Hackers can put millions of user accounts at risk by raiding a database of passwords, but it’s far harder to spoof someone’s typing behaviour remotely, especially on smart phones.

Extracts from Forbes





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