Wednesday, December 06, 2006

What is your click print?

No, do not confuse it with your finger prints though it resembles like your identification mark.

Yes, computer users do have a definitely unique 'Clickprint'.

Clickprint,or browsing behaviour is a unique pattern of web surfing behavior based on actions such as the number of pages viewed per session, the number of minutes spent on each page, the time or day of the week the page is visited, and so on." - as described by researchers (Professor Balaji Padmanabhan, at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Catherine Yang, of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis).

The researchers claim that they will need anywhere between three to sixteen browsing sessions to identify an individual's clickprint.

The duo believe that one of the most significant usage of Clickprint will be in preventing online fraud. So for e.g. if somebody steals your banking login id/password and tries accessing the details, the bank can detect the difference in the browsing behavior and take immediate action.

Similarly, eCommerce sites would love to have such a fraud detection technique, given the amount of clickfrauds that's generated.

Courtesy: Ashish Sinha
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