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8/12/2014
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Marilyn Cohodas
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6 Biometric Factors That Are Working Today

From fingerprints to wearable ECG monitors, there are real options in the market that may relegate the despised password to the dustbin of history.
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Behavioral Biometrics
Behavioral authentication technologies that take note of how a user types on a keyboard or swipes and pinches a smartphone are just now coming in vogue, and its proponents see significant advantages over eye and fingerprint scanning. The reason? Behavioral biometrics don't require users to stop what they are doing and put a finger or palm on a scanner, and they validate that the person who first logs into an application is the same one who logs off at the end. 
Financial services organizations like Denmark's Danske Bank and BBVA are two early adopters. At Danske, according to The Wall Street Journal, the bank uses analytics software from BehavioSec to create a 'cognitive footprint' that can set off an alarm and block access to an account when the user deviates from an established pattern.
Global financial services group BBVA uses technology that employs mobile devices for second-factor authentication. An employee sets up a profile by logging into the corporate system and tapping his or her favorite tune on a touch screen to gain access to personal identifiable information housed in a worldwide employee directory and workflow tools. For hackers to gain access to the data, they would have to 'steal the user's phone, know the intended tune, the portion of it the user taps, and use the same unique rhythm performed by the original user,' the WSJ reports.

Behavioral authentication technologies that take note of how a user types on a keyboard or swipes and pinches a smartphone are just now coming in vogue, and its proponents see significant advantages over eye and fingerprint scanning. The reason? Behavioral biometrics dont require users to stop what they are doing and put a finger or palm on a scanner, and they validate that the person who first logs into an application is the same one who logs off at the end.

Financial services organizations like Denmarks Danske Bank and BBVA are two early adopters. At Danske, according to The Wall Street Journal, the bank uses analytics software from BehavioSec to create a "cognitive footprint" that can set off an alarm and block access to an account when the user deviates from an established pattern.

Global financial services group BBVA uses technology that employs mobile devices for second-factor authentication. An employee sets up a profile by logging into the corporate system and tapping his or her favorite tune on a touch screen to gain access to personal identifiable information housed in a worldwide employee directory and workflow tools. For hackers to gain access to the data, they would have to steal the user's phone, know the intended tune, the portion of it the user taps, and use the same unique rhythm performed by the original user, the WSJ reports.

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Sara Peters
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8/12/2014 | 4:05:35 PM
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Check it out: http://www.biometricnewsportal.com/palm_biometrics.asp "In addition, the sensor of the palm vein device can only recognize the pattern if the deoxidized hemoglobin is actively flowing within the individual's veins." In other words, the blood's got to be flowing.

And Marilyn this whole chopping fingers off to use fingerprint scanners isn't just my own gruesome brainchild. It happened in Malaysia years ago: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4396831.stm

Luckily, some fingerprint scanners -- like the one on the new iphone -- only work if the finger is attached to a live body, because they detect the electricity emitted by a person's living body. http://www.webpronews.com/no-you-cant-use-a-disembodied-finger-to-get-past-the-iphone-5s-fingerprint-scanner-2013-09
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8/12/2014 | 3:57:59 PM
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You've stumped me on that one Sara! (pun intended)... I'm #scratchingmyhead tryng to envision the scenario you've just described. Interesting plot for a horror flick though!
Sara Peters
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Sara Peters,
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8/12/2014 | 3:53:37 PM
correct me if I'm wrong
Cool stuff, Marilyn. I just wanted to verify: in order for palm vein scanners to work, the blood needs to be flowing, right? Therefore an attacker wouldn't be able to authenticate if they chopped off the legitimate user's hand. Right? 
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