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    Microsoft fingerprint reader

    Available from Amazon

    Has anyone used one? I think it'd be sweet to use it for Windows logging on, but think it might be a bit gimmicky. I also have misgivings about security. Then there's the obvious concern about something from M$ reading your fingerprints


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    Lol..The reviews from people who've bought one look pretty good!

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    My mate had a fingerprint reader quite a while ago and it worked really well. It wasn't this one but it did exactly the same job. I might treat myself to one of these though!

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    I mean how much easier is that if you can just put your finger on the reader and never have to try and remeber what password you've used for it, still if your PC dies you may lose them all which would be a bit annoying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly1234
    I mean how much easier is that if you can just put your finger on the reader and never have to try and remeber what password you've used for it, still if your PC dies you may lose them all which would be a bit annoying
    I would presume you could still use your old password for backup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly1234
    Lol..The reviews from people who've bought one look pretty good!
    They! Like! To! Use! Exclamation! Marks! A Lot!


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    Cherry keyboards have had fingerprint readers in built in for a while now.

    http://www.accesskeyboards.com/PDF/14000-14100.pdf there are lots of others.
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    E.g This Cherry one for 15 quid
    http://www.aria.co.uk/ProductInfoComm.asp?ID=6694
    Just read the reviews and it only seems to work with 2k and NT.

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    When I was in the USA (Colorado) around a week ago I saw a Microsoft Wireless Keyboard with Finger Print reader integrated and a wireless optical mouse for only $85 (around £45) including tax, damn yanks.....

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    I have a compaq parallel one, and it works great, just have to touch it to logon to windows. If it breaks tho I can still use my password, but this password is a long and complex one so its much much easier to just press my finger on the reader

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    Cheers for the link. Just ordered one

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    Seems a bit expensive for a gimmick to me...
    Although I am young so I value money more than some...

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    Mine arrived this morning.

    Silly bu**er that I am, I didn't check the system requirements

    Not a major problem, but I can't use it on the W2K system I wanted to. Works flawlessly with my lappy though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1
    I have a compaq parallel one, and it works great
    When Compaq first bought out their fingerprint reader we evaluated it at work. A colleague registered his fingerprint. It seemed to do its job well, letting him log in without typing a password.

    When I tried to log into his account it stopped me - again, seemed to be doing its job well.

    Then I tried to log in as administrator (no print even registered.) I swiped my finger, it said no match, I hit Ctrl-Alt_del then Esc (or something like that) and suddenly I was logged in as the admin!! Far from increasing security, it had reduced it to zero!

    I've never trusted fingerprint readers since.

    And the bottom line is that the only way to reduce false positive readings is to set the security level so high that you get a huge number of false negative readings - i.e. you'll need to read your print many times for it to be accepted.

    Still, for home use it could be useful. Just don't expect too much of it.

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    no. bottom line in securing your PC is lock it in a heavily reinfoced titanium vault...but thats not always that practicle tho
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    You can get a usb dongle which if isnt plugged in the computer wont work in some way.
    im guessing it doesnt let you log on ... im not to sure but its combined with storage.

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