Behavioral Biometrics


The cost of hackers on the US economy is around 600 billion dollars per year and as technology advances there are always more ways to breach security, commit identity fraud and steal sensitive data. It’s no wonder biometric security systems like iris and fingerprint scanners are being built into more and more devices. Tech that scans your eye or your finger were once just details in a sci-fi film, but now they are becoming normalized and improving fast.

Biometric authentication is less likely to be hacked than a password, simply because passwords can be cracked. Biometrics adds a layer of security which is completely unique for each person and difficult to steal.

Behavioral biometrics takes this to the next level. Instead of taking a one-time scan of a part of the body like your fingerprint or iris, behavioral biometrics monitors your actions and the way you use your device, like how you might hold the mouse, the kind of movements you tend to make, the rate your scroll at, how your tap on your phone, how your type on a keyboard and so on. A behavioral biometric security system learns about the user and remembers them, locking the user out if the way they use their device does not match previously recorded data about their actions.

It’s not only a more convenient way to secure devices but behavioral biometrics is also more secure. They relieve the user from having to remember passwords and it is also (currently) much harder for hackers to override than fingerprint authentication.

As with any tech security system, there are some downsides and some risks involved with behavioral biometrics. If you change your behavior or have a hand injury you might get locked out. Plus, hackers might find ways to steal the information stored about the way you behave and your own habits are much harder to change than a password or PIN. Plus, it’s likely that hackers will develop a way to imitate human input.

Soon we may no longer have to store our login information inside our brains; instead our devices’ systems will be the ones remembering us.

Security really matters. You can start by protecting yourself and your information encryption, that way even if it does fall into the wrong hands, it won’t be decipherable.

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