Biometric Mouse
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Your next IT authentication process might be close at hand — your mouse.

According to Computerworld U.S., a cybersecurity researcher at defence contractor Raytheon has been awarded a patent for a biometric pressure grip that describes how a mouse can be used to authenticate someone.

The patent owner, Glenn Kaufman, told the Web site that a pressure sensitive mouse “is a lot harder to defeat” than current authorization technologies like fingerprint or retina scanners because it works from a neurological pattern, as opposed to a physical pattern, such as a facial scan. The way people hold a mouse, along with the amount of pressure they apply, is unique.

“It’s not just how much pressure you exert on the mouse itself, but it’s also the x-y coordinates of your position,” Kaufman said.

He got the idea from reading about a pressure sensitive grip used to authenticate the legitimate user of a handgun.

Raytheon has no immediate plans to commercialize the patent, although with organizations increasingly worried about losing data to internal theft that could change.

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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

1 COMMENT

  1. anything relying on comparing patterns stored in memory can be defeated.
    and… wonderful… does it work wih touchscreen systems… like my windows 8 laptop.
    I rarely connect the mouse.

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