|Managing computer user names and passwords
is becoming an increasingly onerous chore.
With the advent of low cost fingerprint readers
(starting at around $40) and associated software,
keeping track of passwords can be much easier.
By storing a list of ID/passwords associated
with websites, the reader allows you to log
in with the touch of a finger.|
When shopping for a fingerprint
your PC, consider the following:
- Look for a reader that can accomodate at
least 20 fingerprints. This gives you room
to register more than one of your own fingers
as well as the fingerprints of other members
of your family.
- The fingerprint reader can be located on
a separate pad, integrated with your mouse,
or as part of your keyboard. The scanner
technology is the same. If the device is
separate, they usually attach via a USB port.
If you use several computers, a detachable
reader is preferrable so that you can take
your passwords with you.
- It's helpful if the fingerprint reader provides
a secure way of printing out your stored
There is a drawback to fingerprint readers:
like telephone numbers stored in a cellphone,
if you ever have to key in an ID/password
manually, you will more than likely have
forgotten what the codes are since they are
automatically entered by your fingerprint