Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Do you suffer from password fatigue?

If you're like most computer users, you have too many usernames and passwords to remember. I recently found a cool technology tool that has simplified my Internet browsing: Microsoft's fingerprint reader. Although Microsoft makes a mouse and a keyboard with a built-in fingerprint reader, I purchased their USB device that's about the size of a pack of Tic-tacs. After installing the necessary software, you then scan one or more fingerprints by placing your finger on the fingerprint reader. You will then need to access the websites that require a username and password. Placing your finger on the reader will trigger the software to prompt you to enter your username and password FOR THE VERY LAST TIME! On future visits to the same website you will place a finger on the fingerprint reader and the software will automatically enter your username and password faster than you can type it. The Microsoft Fingerprint Reader has a retail price of about $55 and is discounted at many online and retail stores. Check out the link above for more information and an online demo. Please note this disclamier found on Microsoft's website: "The Fingerprint Reader should not be used for protecting sensitive data such as financial information or for accessing corporate networks. We continue to recommend that you use a strong password for these types of activities. "

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