Every now and then, security systems introduce new ways to protect consumers and the concept and application of finger swipes and keystrokes is indeed promising approaches for better operating security.
The theory is that by recording and analyzing one’s use of a device like a smartphone, the way a person uses the device regarding finger swipes and keystrokes could be monitored and used as a profile of your behavioral habits thus preventing hackers from assuming your identity and compromising your security.
As this approach becomes perfected, it’s now being introduced into the US and catching on quickly.
One such company is called BehavioSec from Sweden. Their process involves recording one’s behavior via keystrokes and swipes, how long it takes to type, and on the mobile devices like phones, it measures the X axis and Y axis where the user engages with their fingers. It also covers how much space their fingers cover and even how hard they press the screen as well as the angle they hold the device. That’s a lot of data to record and takes precision to boot. With that much data recorded, a profile can be made that will, as mentioned earlier, to develop a security profile that is unique to that particular user.
BehavioSec has seen resounding success with this approach and has made inroads to other countries. It’s better than even money that soon it will be widely accepted and hackers will be hard pressed to beat it.
Primary use will be for mobile to mobile financial transactions but is applicable to every aspect of a user’s computing life. Fine tuning the system will allow for parents to protect their children and businesses to protect their employees, customers, and assets. Government and law enforcement as well as the military can now have ample additional protection without having to do any additional training or use of apps. It’s sort of having a ‘habit cloud’ of computing that only the institutions you frequent have knowledge of.
Worries arise that this collected data could be hacked and no system is 100% foolproof, but from the architecture of how the data is collected, sorted, stored, and dispensed, it would take an effort of cosmic proportions to compromise them.
It’s similar to the way credit and debit card companies measure a person’s activity over time. When something out of the ordinary happens, an alarm goes off and activity is either suspended or investigated further. This prevents hackers and thieves from taking further advantage and compromising a customer’s security.
The fact that so many metrics can be analyzed and used for protection is quite a feat and a tribute to the programmers. With countermeasures like these implemented it shores up the defenses the users have against the criminal element.
As computing technologies advance, especially in the mobile market, defensive options like finger swipes and keystrokes can move even further into the realm of security. It beats eye scanning and having the user employ endless apps and confusing procedures.
As 2016 rolls on, we’ll be able to see just how the finger swipes and keystrokes technologies will grow and whether they’re going to be a stable part of the defensive landscape.