User-Generated Free-Form Gestures for Authentication

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Dr. Janne Lindqvist interdisciplinary security work, to appear in MobiSys'14, the tier-1 conference on mobile systems, is getting nice publicity around the world.

In that work, Prof. Janne Lindqvist and his students, Michael Sherman (former ECE undergrad, and currently WINLAB staff), Gradeigh Clark (ECE PhD student), Yulong Yang (ECE PhD student) and Shridatt Sugrim (ECE MS and WINLAB staff), collaborated with Prof. Antti Oulasvirta of Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and Teemu Roos of University of Helsinki, on a novel form of authentication for mobile devices. In particular, they studied user-generated free-form gestures and developed a novel information-theoretic for analyzing the security and memorability of the gestures. The group also built an actual authentication system designed for the gestures.

The paper is available at:
http://www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~janne/mobisys14gesturesecurity.pdf

A press release including a video made can be found at
http://www.soe.rutgers.edu/story/are-squiggly-lines-future-password-security

The work has been featured on   CBS Radio News   and appeared in the following outlets:

Front page of NSF's 360 degrees web site at the moment:
http://news.science360.gov/files/

Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/squiggly-lines-screens-could-future-passwords-081556373.html

International Business Times, which reaches 5 million people in the UK and 50 million around the world
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/internet-passwords-could-be-replaced-by-squiggly-lines-1451695

Science Daily
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140604203259.htm

Phys.org
http://phys.org/news/2014-06-squiggly-lines-future-password.html

Front page of Scientific Computing
http://www.scientificcomputing.com

http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2014/06/are-squiggly-lines-future-password-security

2nd largest daily newspaper in the UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2649548/Forget-passwords-...

R&D Magazine
http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/06/are-squiggly-lines-future-password-security

A lot of coverage in India including major publishers including major publishers

https://in.news.yahoo.com/squiggly-lines-screens-could-future-passwords-081556373.html

http://www.bgr.in/news/shape-gestures-to-secure-phone-passwords-better/

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/free-form-gestur...

http://zeenews.india.com/news/net-news/squiggly-lines-on-screens-could-be-future-of-passwords_937352.html

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/et-cetera/free-form-gestures-could-be-passwords-of-the-future/articleshow/36110053.cms

Established in November 1981, it is the oldest and most widely circulatedEnglish-language broadsheet in Oman:
http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=86013

And lots more..

http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1113163199/mobile-security-using-free-form-gestures-060514/

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/squiggly-lines-screens-could-be-future-passwords

http://www.technology.org/2014/06/05/squiggly-lines-future-password-security

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/shape-gestures-to-help-secure-smartphones-better-536765