Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Web Site Lets Consumers Test Biometric Keystroke Dynamics

Financial institutions that want to secure online banking need to look beyond authentication guidelines from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) set to take effect Dec. 31.

The guidelines call on banks and credit unions to deploy stronger authentication measures to protect online users against ID theft and fraud. Banks do what they can to secure online transactions, but at least one software company believes consumers also must become educated to protect themselves from the dangers lurking on the Web.

BioPassWord Inc., a software company that provides authentication and antifraud solutions based on the behavioral biometric keystroke dynamics, launched a Web site Tuesday to give consumers insight into the science of keystroke dynamics. Consumers can go to the site to see how their typing rhythm compares with others.

BioPassword developed technology that uses measurements and timing to calculate the string template unique to an individual's keystrokes. The science examines "dwell time," the time between a key’s compression and retraction, and "flight time,” the time between the first key compression and retraction, and the next key retraction.

The basic process dates back to the late 1800s when telegraph operators were able to identify the person on the other end of the line by the tapping rhythm when typing a note on the keyboard.

By the early 1980s, the U.S. National Bureau of Standards concluded that by typing a user ID and password, keystroke dynamics provided up to 98 percent accuracy in identifying the individual.


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