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FingerGear(TM) Releases Computer-On-a-Stick(TM) Professional; First Bootable USB Drive Now Allows Access to Host Files & Other USBs
[March 08, 2006]

FingerGear(TM) Releases Computer-On-a-Stick(TM) Professional; First Bootable USB Drive Now Allows Access to Host Files & Other USBs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- March 8, 2006 -- FingerGear, the consumer brand of security device leader Bionopoly LLC, released today the Computer-On-a-Stick(TM) Professional Edition, the anticipated follow-up to its groundbreaking Computer-On-a-Stick USB Flash Drive. The original Computer-On-a-Stick, announced in July 2005, is the first commercially available bootable USB Drive. The PRO Edition goes one step further, allowing the user to access host PC files and other peripherals such as additional USB drives.

The COS Pro features a complete onboard Operating System, the OpenOffice Suite, Evolution Email, Firefox(R) Browser, together with dozens of the most commonly used preinstalled software applications. It can be used as a completely self-contained portable Desktop System independent of the host system without leaving a trace once a session has ended. The COS Pro can also be used as an essential data recovery tool because it seamlessly bypasses the Windows login screen to recover critical data or to repair virus-infected files.

The COS is compatible with virtually any PC which uses an x86 processor. Like Windows(R), the COS requires a password login each time the user begins a session. But unlike Windows(R), data stored on the device is encrypted using 256bit AES Encryption by default. Thus, it is not possible to extract usable data from flash memory if the device is lost or stolen. As a standard flash drive, however, one can share non-sensitive files easily without having to boot from the device by saving them to the device's Public partition.

Last but not least, the COS Operating System, which is Linux(R) based, is write-protected, which prevents the device from becoming infected with, or inadvertently transferring viruses or worms to other systems. Biometric models of the COS will also be available next month. The Bio COS Touch Edition will allow login with either a password or a simple touch of the finger.

About FingerGear

FingerGear is the consumer brand of Bionopoly LLC. Bionopoly is an innovator and leader in the field of low cost biometrics and data security. Privately held, the Company is located in Mountain View, CA. To learn more about Bionopoly, visit To purchase FingerGear products, visit

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