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New technology verifies device users by how they use the touchscreen

Researches at Georgia Tech have developed a security system that recognizes and distinguishes a mobile device user from other people based on patterns, pressure and speed when swiping and tapping touch screens. Successful implementation would provide extra protection against device theft and preventing access to banking, email and other apps or accounts.

The new behavior-based system is called LatentGesture and was developed by the Georgia Tech College of Computing. The researches named the profile of how a user swipes and measurement of pressure using touch screens the “Touch Signature.” In a study using Android devices the system was 98 percent accurate when used on smartphones and 97 percent accurate on tablets.

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