TypingDNA Authenticator

2FA codes in your browser, secured by the way you type

#1 Product of the DayMarch 17, 2018

Frictionless Authenticator based on the way you type. Google Authenticator desktop alternative that uses typing biometrics.

No more switching devices. This free Chrome extension gives you 2-step verification codes directly in your browser, and the added layer of security that TypingDNA’s typing biometrics authentication provides.

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Reviews

Jeff Henretig
Nathaniel Blackburn
Valentin Radu
 +24 reviews
  • Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Ridiculous especially in mobile era

    Can in fact degrade security

    Pavel Lang has never used this product.

Discussion

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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Super interesting, and kind of frightening. If sites can uniquely identify a user based on how they type, any site that captures text (including the site you're viewing right now 😉) could secretly track you.
Stephen Rodriguez
Stephen Rodriguez@stephn_r · Software Engineer
@rrhoover so true! If keyloggers weren't bad enough, imagine if they were intelligent enough to track your typing patterns?!?
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@rrhoover apps/sites should tell users when they record typing patterns, and if you've seen the demos, we explicitly add a typingdna logo and a visual typing pattern both in the demos and the authenticator. Like all biometric technologies out there, it has the potential for assisting surveillance, but for that all websites have to agree to track people for a higher entity... The promise, however, is to keep attackers out, keep thieves out of our bank accounts, email accounts, apps. The promise is to keep what's yours, well yours. We do this in real world too. People around you don't ask you for a password everytime you see you right? They look at you, or hear your voice, and conclude that you're yourself. Websites and apps should not lack similar abilities if we want to be 100% safe.
Alex Iskold
Alex IskoldMaker@alexiskold · Managing Director, Techstars NYC
@rrhoover Its actually super awesome. This is a much more secure way of authenticating / having extra authentication layer thats seamless. As we are moving into the world of ambient biometrics things like TypingDNA will become more pervasive - we will be recognized by our Face, Voice, Fingerprints, Typing Patterns, etc.
Vinod Kumar Kashyap
Vinod Kumar Kashyap@vinodkashyap
@rrhoover yes indeed a creepy app for those who want to be invisible from web. Your keystrokes monitored its someone watching 👀 creeeepy
Nathaniel Blackburn
Nathaniel Blackburn@itsnblackburn · UI Engineer
For those using password managers, this is not feasible as it disables paste on the fields it tracks meaning you would have to enter them manually leading to a unaccurate fingerprint.
Lee Qixian@swiftpolar · Full-stack Developer
@itsnblackburn I'm thinking that this is something that probably means that you won't need password managers anymore. Common passwords won't be that insecure as you have the 2nd factor being your "typing DNA".
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@itsnblackburn @swiftpolar passwords have become increasingly hard to remember and unusable. The point of a secret type of factor in authentication is to rely on something you know. We should be able to use simpler passwords, or just even similar passwords for multiple sites, things people use anyway.
Nathaniel Blackburn
Nathaniel Blackburn@itsnblackburn · UI Engineer
@swiftpolar @raulpopa Fair enough but password managers remember them for us and still don't agree using the same password everywhere is a good idea. That being said, it seems like a good alternative along side what we already have and wish you all the best with it.
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@swiftpolar @itsnblackburn I agree, and I don't really subscribe to very simple passwords, but rather to combined factors of authentications: 2 weaker factors combined are much stronger then 1 single stronger factor.
Loris Guignard
Loris Guignard@loris · Software/Web Engineer
@raulpopa don’t know how accurate is your pattern recognition, but I’m pretty sure I can type simple passwords such as “1234” or “qwerty”, the exact same way the user I’m trying to attack
Shawn M. Kent
Shawn M. Kent@pixeoapp · Co-Founder PIXEO Inc.
Okay, this is frankly freaky. My wife and I tried it and it worked flawlessly. Such a cool concept, and as others have eluded to a bit scary to know that you can be identified just by the way you type. Coming to a DEFCON presentation soon near you. Certainly is an added layer of security for websites, and the real value I think is that my grandmother, who doesn't have good password discipline, could be better protected with this technology. Again, super cool!
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@pixeoapp it's not just TypingDNA, I think the whole future is freaky. AI is improving everything and authentication is just one of the domains it touches. I agree with the real value that you see.
Shawn M. Kent
Shawn M. Kent@pixeoapp · Co-Founder PIXEO Inc.
@raulpopa All I know is that I was promised a damned hoverboard, and a proper one, not one of those damned fire catching death traps you stand on the wrong way.
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@pixeoapp :)) we'll have to see about that
Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly@adam_kelly · Student and Programming Enthusiast
Sort of wondering how you would access your accounts, for example, on mobile? or with a hand injury, broken keyboard keys...
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@adam_kelly it can happen this is not bulletproof for sure. But then again this it's just a factor of authentication, TypingDNA Authenticator allows you to reset your typing pattern with your email. Other services that use TypingDNA API can fall back on 2FA SMS or other factors. Anyway, a more general truth is that it's still more likely to forget your password and that doesn't prevent apps from using passwords as the main authentication factor. The key is UX and convenience.
Eugen Oprea
Eugen Oprea@eugenoprea · Creator and Co-founder
Is there a way for this to work if I am using a service like LastPass to manage my logins? Or do I have to type passwords every time?
Raul Popa
Raul PopaMaker@raulpopa · Founder, TypingDNA
@eugenoprea you still have to type but you can activate 2FA in Lastpass too and use TypingDNA Authenticator to unlock it.