Do you have highly confidential data on your computer? If you’re a home user, you might consider your financial records on your computer to be highly confidential. Certainly you would consider your banking and credit card information highly confidential.
Biometric security is the field of computer security that uses measurements of biological aspects of the authorized users as passwords or additional security for the computer’s data.
One of the most common biometric security devices is one that you might actually have on your home computer.
Many computer users purchase a fingerprint reader for thier computers. With the fingerprint reader, they are able to walk up to their computer, press their finger on the reader — and be immediately logged into the computer.
Some fingerprint authentication systems stop at that point. They allow you an effortless log-on to your biometric password-protected computer, but don’t give you any more capabilities.
Other biometric password systems do a much better job of making your life easier.
The Microsoft Fingerprint Reader includes software to handle your website passwords as well as your Windows log-on passwords.
Unfortunately, for Firefox users, so far I haven’t been able to identify any fingerprint readers that work with Firefox.
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