Thiyagalingam Prashanth

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Let your finger do the locking: flash drives with fingerprint scanners

Everyone loves the convenience of flash thumbdrives: they're inexpensive, tiny, extremely portable, and supereasy to use. Unfortunately, they're also supereasy to lose. No matter whether you're carrying around sensitive corporate files, your journal, or papers for school, you don't want anyone going through your stuff. So protect it with your fingerprint! These flash thumbdrives incorporate a fingerprint scanner that servers as the passcode into the drive. Not only can you protect the files on a drive, you can also use some of these drives to log in to various Web sites, which means you have no excuse for using the same crummy username and password over and over again. And since you can register multiple fingers on these drives, you can share the drive with someone else; just make sure it's someone trustworthy.



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