Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Keystroke Dynamics Authentication: A Survey of Free-text Methods

Arwa Alsultan and Kevin Warwick

Current computer systems depend greatly on authentication methods in order to provide sufficient protection to the data handled by these systems. Rather than using the common username and password scheme which suffers from many security and usability limitations, we investigate in this paper the use of keystroke dynamics as a more useable authentication alternative. We focus on the research done on free-text keystroke systems and its ability to provide continual identity verification during the whole time that the user is using the system.

Keywords: free-text, keystroke dynamics, authentication, identification, performance, survey.

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Arwa Alsultan
Arwa Alsultan is pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science from the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, UK. She completed her Masterís degree in Computer Science from the Computer and Information Science College at the King Saud University, Riyadh, SA in 2010. She works as a lecturer at the IT Department in the Computer and Information Science College at the King Saud University, Riyadh, SA.

Kevin Warwick
Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering and Control Systems. He has D.Sc. degrees from both Imperial College London and the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has published over 500 research papers and is perhaps best known for his experimentation with implant technology.

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