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Behavioral Biometrics

Quantifying and analyzing our biometric data can reveal patterns in our activities—and as a result, reveal a lot about who we are.

Quantifying and analyzing our biometric data can reveal patterns in our activities—and as a result, reveal a lot about who we are, what we’re thinking, and what we are likely to do next.

This is why companies like Facebook have come under intense scrutiny in the past year.

Behavioral biometrics tools can be used to map and measure how you type—what force you use to press down on screens, whether you fat finger your C’s and V’s on your phone and how quickly you tend to flick your fingers when hunting through search results.

Those tools know your unique typing pattern on a physical keyboard, too: whether you’re someone who constantly spells the word “behavioral” wrong on the first try, and whether you hold down or repeatedly tap on the delete button.

You’re not consciously aware that you have certain identifiable behaviors, but machines perceive them. We also don’t realize that they will pose security vulnerabilities—as well as interesting new opportunities—in the near future.

Imagine never having to use a password again; your bank would simply recognize it’s you after typing a few sentences. The downside is that if your behavior is observable, at some point it will become repeatable, too.