Questions & Answers

Q: What is SmartRisk?

A: SmartRisk is Paygilant’s secret sauce that includes Beahvioral Biometrics  + Device Analysis + Transaction Data.  Using Machine learning algorithms, the three main fraud indicators are combined and integrated to provide risk score that distinguishes fraudsters from legitimate users making the payment process smooth and frictionless. 

Q: What are Paygilant's six intelligence sets?

A: Paygilant’s six intelligence sets include: Device Attributes, User Data, App Interactions, Bio Markers, Device DNA, Transaction Data

Q: What are device attributes (1/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

A: Specif attributes that are derived from the device itself can contribute to the detection of fraudulent behavior and to the derivation of a device ID. Device model, screen, memory, UUID, OS, IP, geolocation, app permissions, and more are observed. Geolocation is probably the best example for a device attribute used for detecting fraud – if a transaction is attempted from Moscow a short while after the preceding transaction was carried out in New York, then that is a strong indicator of fraud. Restricted app permissions is another indicator that the user might be hiding something. Another example is app permissions that are restricted by the user – that, in combination with other things, night suggest that the user might be hiding something.

Q: What is users data (2/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

A: Intelligent, privacy preserving analysis of user data on the mobile device provides valuable insights into fraudulent activities. User data analysis is especially helpful in hard-to-analyze scenarios like new account origination, where there is no established history for the user/account. Some examples for how device data can be used include comparing user accounts on the device with the payment cardholder identity, or the identity disclosed on a new account registration form – a mismatch provides a strong indicator for fraud. No media on the device, empty contacts list, and sparse call logs are also examples of fraud indicators that can be collected from user data on the device. 

Q: What are app interactions users data (3/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

A: App. interactions refers to the unique interaction between the user and  mobile application usage to determine if the interactions are consistent with a legitimate user. For example, if a user navigates directly to a high-ticket item and immediately proceeds to check-out, then that suggests something fraudulent might be happening. If a user inputs his name and address on the payment form in a manner that is not consistent with how normal users would do it (i.e. slower than expected because typing-in unfamiliar strings), then that provides another clue that something fraudulent might be happening.

Q: What are bio markers (4/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

A: Paygilant observes bio markers to passively identify the user behind the transaction. Common bio markers Paygilant observes include touch time, time between touches, size of touch inputs, finger velocity, scrolling pace and drag length, typing biometrics, and more.

Paygilant’s robust bio markers are just one of the several intelligence sets that make up the broader solution and is designed to augment the fraud/no-fraud decision that precedes any step-up authentication request.

Q: What is Device DNA (5/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

A: The ability to track and link devices with accounts has proven very helpful in detecting account takeover and other forms of fraud. In order to generate a robust device DNA, Paygilant applies proprietary techniques to derive a unique ID from a combination of device parameters and user data. The outcome is a unique identifier that is both hard to forge and robust against changes to the mobile device environment.

Q: What is Transaction Data (6/6 Paygilant's six intelligence sets)?

Paygilant employs propriety transaction behavioral maps. The Behavioral Maps represent the purchasing patterns/behavior of a specific customer and her nearest neighbors and are created using Paygilant’s proprietary machine learning algorithms. The behavioral maps typically comprise a large amount of information but must be compact 9 enough since they are securely transmitted to the mobile device. To achieve this Paygilant utilizes its depth of field (DOF) approach from digital photography to compress the information so that complex calculations that do not require work intensive CPU and memory. A Behavioral Map shows a clear, high resolution picture of the different risk zones and is a key factor in determining the risk of a specific transaction and has the following key characteristics:

  • User specific: each map is unique, calculated and maintained on a per user basis, therefore representing a transaction risk level for each customer’s transaction.       
  • Lightweight: Resolution variations enable maintaining only the necessary data, reducing the map’s weight to a bare minimum.
  • Dynamic: As the purchase behavior changes, the map will be modified.