A device worth putting your finger on

Regular readers of this column may recall that I recently had a bad experience with a fingerprint security device for PCs.

Regular readers of this column may recall that I recently had a bad experience with a fingerprint security device for PCs.

No matter how many fingers I tried, it wouldn't record my prints.

That didn't end my fascination with biometrics, though. I still think the concept of securing a PC with a fingerprint reader is more secure and easier than remembering forgettable and hackable passwords.

I was happy to try again, and I've found a device that seems to work as easily as it promises.

American Power Conversion's Biometric Password Manager is a small finger scanner that plugs into a USB drive and runs with software supplied.

The scanner attached quickly and the software installed easily.

Scanning my finger took about eight passes on the scanning pad, but that all happened pretty quickly. Once you've put your print into the software, you can store passwords for various websites there, making it a simple matter to log onto various sites with your print.

If you need a way to secure computers in your office, consider this device.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $49.99

    Available at apc.com, CompUSA, Office Depot, Micro Center, and Fry's

    Specs Windows compatible; uses patented TruePrint technology for scanning; 6-foot USB cable

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