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FAQs – What is typing biometrics?

Our FAQs series

We decided to start a series of blog posts to cover popular topics of interest around how our proprietary AI typing biometrics technology works. We want to ensure our customers feel confident they benefit from the most widely available, up to date typing biometrics technology worldwide.

Typing biometrics – what is it?

FAQs What is typing biometrics?

Besides physiological biometrics (fingerprint, facial identification, or retina scan), other metrics look into patterns in human behavior, called behavioral biometrics.

Typing biometrics, also known as keystroke dynamics, is a kind of behavioral biometrics, embedded in people’s transient behavior when typing on a keyboard. tweet

Either a physical or virtual keyboard, there is one in almost any household. This makes typing biometrics one of the most widely available forms of authentication in terms of hardware.

Typing biometrics analyzes typing patterns of users which include the duration of pressing a key (press time) and how long it takes a user to find the next key (flight time). A typing pattern is determined based on keystroke dynamics analysis regarding the 44 keys used most of the time. The technology also looks into other metrics of how the individual interacts with the device while typing, using data from already incorporated sensors.

Typing biometrics works in a series of instances including research in healthcare, authentication for fraud prevention reasons, as well as experimental projects in R&D, such as our user profiling based on the way people type. Typing patterns differ even from the same individual. Using the proper technology, which relies heavily on artificial intelligence/machine learning, typing biometrics can authenticate users in various authentication solutions.

Unlike more intrusive biometrics such as facial identification or retina scan, which hinder the authentication process, typing biometrics is frictionless, so it increases the user experience. You can check out the authentication demos and see how our typing biometrics technology works, here.

To learn more about getting authenticated when your typing pattern changes, read our next FAQs blog post.