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August 01, 2006

Biometric Fingerprint Security Replaces Passwords for PC's

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor


The next time you log onto your PC, you may not need to remember a host of various passwords or concern yourself with changing them frequently to reduce the risk of security breaches. Using biometric technologies, logging onto your computer requires just a quick, simple sliding of your finger across a sensor to ensure secure access.
 
A survey recently conducted by AuthenTec, provider of finger print sensor security, found that those who use fingerprint sensors praise them especially for their ease of use and enhanced security. 
 
Using biometric finger print security helps to maintain security for PC users, a concern especially when confidential data has the potential to be accessed if not protected correctly.
 
For the survey, AuthenTec provided 200 PC users in three central Florida locations with biometric notebook computers and peripherals and then surveyed them on their experience.
 
According to a news release, the Florida participants were the most eager, even over other nationwide participants, surveyed earlier, about getting biometric fingerprint security for their PCs. With price range not too much of a concern, 94 percent of the respondents said they would pay more than $25 to add biometrics to their PC and 77 percent said they were willing to pay more then $50.
 
Biometric fingerprint security restricts users other than those with registered biometrics for that device from accessing the PC, internet, or files stored on that PC. It also eliminates the need for users to remember different passwords to gain access—saving time and enhancing the user experience.
 
Biometric fingerprint sensors can be found in notebooks, tablets and peripherals such as mice memory keys, PCMCIA cards and others.
 
AuthenTec's fingerprint security sensors use their TruePrint and TrueMatch patented technology for highly accurate imaging and matching that ensures user authentication.
 
Eric Bauer, marketing analyst for AuthenTec commented in a statement to the press, "Users were very attracted to the idea of fingerprint sensors when they first heard about it, but liked it even more once they tried it."
 
"They especially liked the idea of enhancing PC security while replacing the need for passwords."
 
For more information visit www.authentec.com
 
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Stefania Viscusi is an established writer and avid reader. To see more of her articles, please visit Stefania Viscusi’s columnist page.

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