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Using typing biometrics to boost online university user authentication

There are currently almost 6 million students enrolled in an online university. This enables universities to greatly enhance their potential enrollment and profit, and it also makes it much easier for people to get an education.

However, there is one big issue that has plagued online universities since their inception; how do you guarantee that the enrolled student is the person taking each of their tests? Additionally, how do you prevent students from sharing all of their course information with people who haven’t paid for that type of access?


Fortunately, typing biometrics provides an easy way to solve both of these potential problems. By using behavioral biometrics, TypingDNA is able to quickly ascertain whether or not the account holder is the person logging in and taking tests.

Online learning companies have embraced typing biometrics

Coursera may not provide students with a degree, but the major universities that have partnered with the free online education resource still wanted their materials protected by some form of enhanced login authentication. In 2013, Coursera began using typing biometrics as part of the authentication process, which made them one of the first companies to do so.

One of the largest online proctoring companies, ProctorU, began utilizing this technology in 2015. This decision was made to help reduce issues such as financial aid fraud. After discovering first-hand all of the benefits of typing biometrics, ProctorU switched providers and now works with TypingDNA.

Due to the success of these online learning businesses, numerous other traditional proctoring companies that want to automate their services are now looking at typing biometrics as an easy solution.

What makes typing biometrics suitable for online learning?

It’s impossible for major online universities and massive open online courses (MOOCs) to track the logins of hundreds of thousands of students. At a university level, typing biometrics has become the first filter that is used to verify that students are the ones logging in and taking tests. This doesn’t necessarily replace proctoring altogether, but it definitely aids the verification process.

Physical biometrics are another option, but using facial, retina and fingerprint scanning forces students to purchase expensive equipment. Additionally, those things could be stolen by a hacker, which could cause tremendous problems for the student.

Some schools use webcams instead to verify identity, but that’s a privacy nightmare. Therefore, using typing biometrics is ultimately the right solution for most MOOCs and universities.

TypingDNA is pleased to provide login authentication solutions for a wide variety of clients. Do you represent a non-profit organization or a non-profit online university? We offer our typing biometrics technology free to qualified non-profits!