Is This The Password of the Future?
The fingerprint has been a hit with iPhone 6 users.
The US military is developing a new identity verification system that could replace passwords and biometric systems for web users.
The biometric application programme interface (API) is based on the emerging field of behavioural-based biometrics, by recognising the way a person uses a desktop or mobile device.
It may include observing the rhythm of writing, how a mouse or cursor is moved, frequent typographical errors and typing speed.
It is a major step forward from existing identity checks and is described in a contract document according to Sky News.
"Just as when you touch something with your finger you leave behind a fingerprint, when you interact with technology you do so in a pattern based on how your mind processes information, leaving behind a 'cognitive fingerprint'," the document explains.
"The biometrics program is creating a next generation biometric capability built from multiple stylometric/behavioural modalities using standard Department of Defence computer hardware."
Stylometrics includes the analysis of how text is constructed, with existing technology used for checking for academic authorship and plagiarism.
The civilian world will not be introduced to the program yet, but in the future it is expected to be used for personal verification in online banking, shopping and control of numerous future home devices as part of the "internet of things".
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