A New Breed of Key-Pattern Analysis

Tyrium - June 2, 2011 08:19AM in Science & Technology

In an attempt to combat the constantly lurking threat of keyloggers and phishers, researchers at the American University of Beirut have devised a solution. Eschewing the use of modified keyboards, the team has created a way to use key-pattern analysis, the examination of typing style and speed, to thwart online threats. Their exile of custom keyboards has added both ease and affordability into their plan. Along with taking the costly and unnecessary keyboards out of the picture, the team has also come up with a new way of processing keystroke data. Instead of measuring the time between keystrokes, as is the norm, the team has taken the opposite approach. Measuring the time each key is pressed, they have been able to not only produce more concrete data, but have also been able to more accurately recognize users. So not only is the program more economically friendly, it is more efficent as well. The team is already marketing the software to businesses, and has stated that the program contains both single user and multi-user profiles.