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Fingerprint Readers

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 reader for 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 information.

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 reader.

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