Could the cadence of your typing be used to identify you?

Security firm Scout Analytics is looking into the idea that the cadence and rhythm with which you type is enough to set you apart from your coworkers. Not just how you type while you're browsing the web, either, but the pace at which you lay down your logon information. According to Scout, after a minimum of five login attempts, it's security software will be able to know whether it's really you typing your username and password, and lock out people who do it with a marked difference.

"As you're typing, you have a cadence and rhythm," Matt Shanahan, VP of Strategy for Scout, told Ars Technica. The typing alone isn't necessarily enough, however. The company first started experimenting with identifying users based on their browser analytics and cookie tracking, or keeping an eye on how you use the net. When all of that is rolled into one, it gives Scout a pretty clear picture of who is using the machine. "The amount that can be known from the network is pretty amazing," Shanahan said.

Scout isn't just doing this for fun, however. The company helps protect companies that deal in licensed software. Take an online database such as LexisNexis, for example. LexisNexis is a research tool used by a bunch of universities, and the way the company would like to see it done is that each student would have their own license to use the database — often at cost to the student. This causes a lot of students to share logons, allowing buddies to use the database under someone else's username and password.

Scout's software would be able to identify the sharing going on, and lock out the offender. It wouldn't be able to identify who you are, exactly, but it would be able to break users into unique IDs and differentiate one unique from another.

Via Ars Technica