I followed a link to a YouTube video where the narrator guy was throwing out techie buzz-words left and right, without giving any evidence that he actually understood any of them. So while I'm in the middle of that feelz where you think you are paying attention to a BS-er or a scammer, he throws out this idea that "they" can identify you based on your "keyboard dynamics", i.e. the manner in which you type, specifically how fast you can type one key to the next, comparing speeds of left and right hands, which words type faster or slower, do you have problems with certain words that (statistically) others do not, etc...
So he's saying this like it's a THING, like they can do it now. He didn't offer any context, which is one thing I want to talk about, but as I think of it, so maybe if you are typing directly to someone's website where they can record not only which buttons you pressed on your keyboard, but also the "dwell times" and the time from one key to the next, the total time of specific words etc..., something has to be measuring these speeds in real time, as they are being done and if the software isn't on your computer, then it has to be on the "target" computer (where you are sending the text TO), and all I can think of is a website where you can type text into a box. For example, Bleeping Computer isn't going to get any other data from my computer in this post except the characters I've typed, as it's all going to be sent as a complete block of text only (and not any extra data such as how long it takes me, on average to type from a "g" to an "e".
So I think the guy is full of it, and I tell him so, and so he comes back at me with a possibly spam link to a commercial website selling software that claims to be able to identify people based on their keystroke dynamics and so now my thinking is divided.
Either I'm wrong, it's really a legitimate "thing" and a company is making money on it, or I'm right, it's a scam, and a company is scamming people into believing that it's a "thing". So I want to know and am soliciting the opinions and knowledge of others here, is this a legit means of identifying people, a scam or something in between, i.e. a new technology that may someday turn into something real, but isn't there yet.
And also I'm curious about how it is that people that believe that keystroke dynamics is legit, how do they think this "extra" information is acquired and transmitted. Would YOU volunteer for this? I wouldn't. If it were a "thing", I'm certain there'd be software to install to make certain that nothing is collecting any data on your keystroke dynamics.
Do I understand all of this correctly, or am I wrong somewhere?
Oh and the wikipedia article (link above) feels very weak, which to me indicates that this is a lot of fluff and hype and not a lot of substance.
Edited by Aaron_Warrior, 28 May 2017 - 04:01 PM.