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What’s wrong with your touch?

It is not me, nor one of your friend asking the question. It might be your tablet or your cell phone if Georgia Tech researchers have their saying…
At Georgia Tech a group of researchers have developed LatentGesture, an app that works in background in your cell phone and in your tablet and over time creates an ever more precise digital signature of your way of touching (clicking, swiping) the screen of your device.
Suppose someone steals your device. Even if he has been able to get your password, may be looking over your shoulders as you were typing it, he is not going to swipe the same way you do, or click the same way you do and the LatentGesture app will realise that something is wrong and can block the usage of the device.
What I find interesting is that we are progressing in considering the user as a person and identifying him as such, the same way we identify our friends when we meet them. The road to get rid of all passwords is still long but I am confident that by the end of this decade alternative, more seamless, ways of authenticating our identity and making our transactions more secure will be a reality.
Looking forward to it.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.