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The Latest Tool in Mobile Security: Your Identifiable Gestures

iphoneAs it turns out, not all smartphone users are made alike. researchers can detect and identify users simply comparing gestures and usage of each individual. The findings are based on a study by cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Called LatentGesture, it’s capable of an accuracy 98% of the time on smartphones.

Polo Chau, Georgia Tech College of Computing Assistant Professor, said that ” The system learns a person’s ‘touch signature,’ then constantly compares it to how the current user is interacting with the device.” It’s because it works ” Just like your fingerprint, everyone is unique when they use a touchscreen. Some people slide the bar with one quick swipe. Others gradually move it across the screen. Everyone taps the screen with different pressures while checking boxes.”

This information can help to keep out thieves, oversee child-safe apps,  and protect stolen phones.

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