Most of you are concerned about using a strong password with a mix of letters, numbers and special characters. Passwords are the main key to verification on the internet and one should be very careful while setting it. Researchers at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon are working on a system that would enhance password security that would be concerned with verifying passwords not just by what is typed but also by how it is typed.
This is an approach towards authenticating a user by not just what he types but also his speed and rhythm of keystrokes while typing. Ravel Jabbour, Wes Masri and Ali El-Hajj are working on this system and have developed a software that monitors a user’s way of typing besides just verifying what he has typed. They have named it key-pattern analysis (KPA). This software would look at things like the duration for which a key remains depressed, the time lapse between two consecutive keystrokes etc.
There are three major steps involved in password verification via this system. First a user enters his password; the software then stores the user’s way of entering his password on a unique profile and then uses it for verification when the user logs in again. For multiple users using the same password to login into a system, the researchers have proposed a secure “group” functionality where users will be able to share passwords with certain people. But for passwords containing special characters, the time lapse between two consecutive keystrokes may not be even. You can read the full research paper that was published in the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions.