IDG Contributor Network: How keystroking style could replace passwords for authentication

The username and password mix that we’ve been using for authentication is on its way out, some people think.

As we all know, problems include outright theft, the loss of password, phishing, and bots.

Alternatives that have proven a bit more successful have included adding an extra element of authentication — such as an object that has to be in the possession of the user. A bank card at an ATM is an example of this. That’s called two-factor authentication.

But a new biometric typing keystroke algorithm that knows how you type could be a better authentication method, some scientists say.


Biometrics promise the most security, experts say. A fingerprint, or a voice print, is unique — it’s theoretically inseparable, unlike the easily copied magnetic card.

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