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Your thumbprint isn’t all that secure. Here’s what’s next for biometric authentication

TwoSense's Dawud Gordon lays out the case for “behavioral biometrics.”

This can be stolen. (Image by Attribution Engine user Glennji, used under a Creative Commons license)

Cybersecurity is a tough nut to crack. Passwords can be stolen, keystrokes logged, security questions phished. Even things like thumbprints or face scans can be hacked or copied from pictures around the web. But having your phone learn you so well that it detects when you aren’t you? That’s the idea that Dawud Gordon lays out in a recent Medium post, Biometric Theft is a Big Deal and Behavioral Biometrics Can Help.

“Since a thumbprint is permanent, a thumbprint that is stolen is essentially permanently rendered useless for authentication purposes: you can no longer use your thumbprint to prove you are who you say you are, ever,” Gordon writes. “It’s not like a Credit Card number that can be replaced.”

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Gordon, who lives in Bushwick and appears frequently here in the pages of Technical.ly Brooklyn, was recently accepted into the prestigious Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in Manhattan along with his startup TwoSense, which works on this problem.

“The behavioral cues [for biometrics] range from a swipe gesture you remember or a routine you do, but also can include passive aspects of your behavior such as your gait, typing speed, the order of the buttons you usually use as you interact with an app, the way you travel around, where you spend your time, etc.,” Gordon writes.

Something to consider.

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