Is­raeli re­searcher teaches phones to recog­nise own­ers

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BYNATHANJEFFAY

AN IS­RAELI re­searcher is work­ing on teach­ing mo­bile phones to recog­nise their own­ers — and ex­pects to elim­i­nate the need for pass­words.

Liron Ben Ki­mon of Ben Gu­rion Univer­sity said her in­no­va­tion would en­able phones to iden­tify users by mon­i­tor­ing how they the touch the screen, where they touch it and how much of their fin­ger touches it.

Ev­ery­one han­dles their phone dif­fer­ently — and this gave her the idea. “We do the same thing over and over with­out even notic­ing,” she said. “If you give me your phone and I touch it, I be may be a mil­lime­tre to the right or left, and it won’t be the same.”

She is just 24, and came up with her idea dur­ing her mas­ter’s de­gree, stag­ger­ing her su­per­vi­sors. She was show­cas­ing her re­search this week at Cy­berTech, the world’s sec­ond-largest dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions event, and while she does not yet have a fully-func­tion­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, she ex­pressed con­fi­dence it would be­come re­al­ity.

Ms Ben Ki­mon said her iden­ti­fi­ca­tion method was more se­cure than pass­words and fin­ger­prints. “You can hack these au­then­ti­ca­tions but it’s hard to steal some­one else’s be­hav­iour,” she said. Her re­search found that users could be iden­ti­fied in less than 14 sec­onds, or un­der 35 touches of the screen.

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