Trying to keep track of a dozen passwords is an accepted part of today’s modern society.
But what if your password was literally unforgettable?
Florida Polytechnic University Sophomore Austin Lubetkin has a working prototype of a program that relies on eye movements while reading to secure your assets, not letters or characters. His research paper drew great interest when he presented it recently to the National Security Agency’s Symposium on Cryptologic History.The project, called Eyeprint, relies on an individual’s unique reading speed and eye movements triggered by the brain while reading, called saccades. These saccades cannot be replicated or hacked, leading Austin to pronounce this biometric password “unhackable.” The technology — which is patent pending — can be built into any device with a front-facing camera, opening up almost unlimited possibilities, from online banking to unlocking your phone.
The process for training on Eyeprint is simple unlike other subconscious passwords on the market. A user is first shown a word cloud for a passage that they pick a “trigger word” from. A user then reads through a passage and interacts with their device every time they read their trigger word. From that point forward, you can unlock your phone, use online banking, or access a subscription service by reading a passage.
Austin sees a lot of potential for this project, but particularly for an older population who wants to enjoy technology without the frustration of remembering passwords.
“It’s really bringing cybersecurity to a whole untapped market. There are a lot of people who really care about cybersecurity
Austin, of Boca Raton, Fla., is starting his first semester at Florida Poly as a Computer Engineering/Machine Intelligence major.