One can only assume that this news story, issued by the Australian Associated Press and widely published throughout the country yesterday, applies as much to typewriter keyboards as it does to computers. Except, of course, it would never be needed on a typewriter, since we don't have the problem of unauthorised users.
Still, it makes one wonder: Do you have an individual style of typing on a typewriter? Are they such things as typewriter keystroke dynamics? What is your behaviour when using a typewriter keyboard?:
"BRISBANE, May 15 - Our typing styles are as individual as our fingerprints, and could be used to identify computer users, says a Queensland researcher.
The Queensland University of Technology's Eesa Al Solami has developed an algorithmic system to analyse typists' keystroke dynamics.
This could allow computers to lock down sensitive information in the case of an unauthorised user. The system is in its early stages and Mr Al Solami doesn't believe it will ever do away with the internet username and password.
"You need a username and password but a username and password cannot protect your computer (once you're logged in), he told AAP.
"My actual approach is to extract the behaviour of users and see if we can distinguish different users during one session."
Mr Al Solami says the system would be valuable to industries that collect large volumes of personal information such as banks and the armed forces, and it could be extended to mobile phones and tablets."