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Behavioral Biometrics

Behavioral biometrics identifies patterns in human behavior, and is one of the most secure methods of identity validation. While passwords are easily hacked, personality and behavioral patterns are far more difficult to replicate. The wide availability of keyboards makes typing biometrics one of the most accessible forms of behavioral biometrics.

What is the most commonly used type of behavioral biometrics?

From signature, gait, or voice recognition to identity validation based on the way people type on a keyboard or use their mouse, many forms of human behaviors can be used as a behavioral biometric. By creating a unique user profile based on behavioral patterns, behavioral biometrics allows users to prove their identity for secure two-factor authentication or continuous authentication scenarios.

Behavioral biometrics gathers data points from a specific users’ behavior and translates them into a numeric value. This value is then verified against the biometric input of the end-user who is being authenticated. Behavioral biometrics are considered passive methods of identity verification because the algorithm runs in the background, unlike physical biometrics such as fingerprint or face recognition methods which require active action from the user and create friction.

Behavioral biometrics have a variety of use cases, including fraud and identity theft prevention, two-factor authentication, and continuous endpoint authentication. One of the most widely available forms of behavioral biometrics around the world is recognizing people by the way they type — a technology known as typing biometrics or keystroke dynamics.

Find out the 5 advantages that make typing biometrics the best behavioral verification tool.