The Way You Type As A Two-Factor Authentication

21st February, 2017 by Cristian Tamas | Quick Read

At TypingDNA, we set out to address the problems we all know about usernames and passwords. Relying on them alone is history. You might be familiar with second factor authentication, multi factor authentication or two factor authentication (2FA). It’s an additional step to verify that who you claim to be is indeed who you are. For example, authentication with an 6-digit passcode you received via SMS on your phone is a familiar two factor authentication form.

All current 2FA solutions have advantages and disadvantages. In a brief comparison, if you want to login into your favorite platform which uses SMS based 2FA, your are forced to find your phone and introduce the digits displayed. Finding your phone alone, adds friction and makes you move from your laptop to your phone and then come back. What happens if you are in a different country, your cell coverage is low or the phone is in a different room? In those cases, using typing biometrics authentication based 2FA is more effective.

To get an idea of how this is works, we have implemented it into our clients dashboard.

1. Usual login credentials

When a customer logins into our dashboard, they have the possibility to enforce their authentication with typing biometrics for 2FA.

2. Typing biometrics is required as a two factor authentication enforcement

Typos are allowed. Authentication is based on how its typed, not what its typed.

After the usual login step, people are required to type a given text as a way to enforce their login.

And that’s it. This is how simple it is to enforce your account with the way you type based two factor authentication.

This same scenario is also available if a user forgets his password and wants to do self recovery. Answering secret questions can be quite a challenge when you tend to forget the right answers you entered some while ago.