It’s not often that I write about a startup being granted a patent. However, the latest successful filing from Israeli startup BioCatch caught my attention. Essentially it offers a way for app developers to authenticate users based on how they interact with their phone’s touch screen and accelerometer.

Backed most recently by $10 million in Series A funding led by OurCrowd, and Blumberg Capital, the company has developed what it calls “behavioural biometric authentication and threat detection” technology — tech that helps banks and e-commerce companies stop online fraud before it happens.

It works by building a unique footprint for every user based on capturing and analysing a range of “bio-behavioral, cognitive and physiological parameters,” including things like how you locate and move your mouse when presented with a hidden challenge. And now the same principle has been extended to mobile.

The patent in question is entitled “System, device…

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