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Expand Your User-Authentication Options With Mouse Dynamics

Dec 02, 2008, 13:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Harrington)

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"Logging into a computer consists of entering a user ID, password, or on some ThinkPads, reading a fingerprint. But as I show in three earlier articles, it's possible to authenticate a user with other means, too. Think of these articles as a proof-of-concept for authenticating a user independently of other credentials.

"In this article, we discuss how mouse-click hold times, or a combination of keyboard and mouse activity can enable new levels of access-requirements obfuscation. Learn how to apply the open source tools cnee and Perl in applications to measure the characteristic attributes of how users manipulate the mouse.

"In addition to the many identification options presented by keystroke dynamics discussed in my three earlier articles, mouse usage provides additional data to help determine identity. This article uses example code to demonstrate mouse dynamics for enhancing the security of applications in authentication and continuous usage contexts. With an example login application and using the cnee tool to measure mouse events, learn how to add an additional layer of user-interaction requirements."

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