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American Power Conversion offers fingerprints security for laptops

Posted: 07 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:american power conversion? pcmcia? fingerprint scanner?

PCMCIA Password Manager

American Power Conversion's new PCMCIA Password Manager, a personal fingerprint scanner, facilitates an additional level of security for laptop users' login and password information. An extension to the company's Biometric Password Manager, the new product allows users to access their laptops without the need to memorize logins and passwords.

"In today's growing mobile environment, road warriors cannot afford the inconvenience and time of dealing with forgotten login names and passwords for all of their password-protected sites," said Joe Loberti, general manager of the company's consumer network solutions group. "Our research shows that the average computer user has to remember approximately 17 different passwords. Also, many calls to company 'help desks' are from employees who have forgotten their passwords. APC's PCMCIA Password Manager saves the user the time and hassle of trying to remember or track down their login names and passwords for all of their numerous accounts. Additionally, this unit makes it unnecessary for users to memorize or write down passwords that can be misplaced or stolen while traveling, at home or in the office."

The PCMCIA Password Manager permits up to twenty different fingerprints or twenty different users to store passwords on a single laptop. Each user's finger serves as their identification source. It comes equipped with easy-to-use Omni pass software and is compatible with Windows (XP, 2000, ME and 98) operating systems. Once installed, a user simply places their finger on the sensor and the software automatically fills in the login and password information. The software stores an unlimited number of login names and passwords, and allows for one touch file or folder encryption and decryption. When using with Windows XP, the PCMCIA unit allows for fast user switching where each user's personal configurations and passwords are recognized on the shared laptop or PC with the touch of a finger.

Using AuthenTec's patented TruePrint technology, the PCMCIA Password Manager scans fingerprints below the surface of the skin to the live layer or true fingerprint. TruePrint is not affected by common skin surface conditions including dry, worn, calloused, dirty or oily skin that can affect other sensors' ability to acquire accurate fingerprint images for user authentication purposes. TruePrint can acquire anyone's fingerprint under virtually any condition.

The product fits conveniently in the PCMCIA slot of a laptop computer, providing easy biometric authentication while traveling. With its ejector design, the sensor hides away inside the laptop until a user needs it to log onto applications or Web sites.

The PCMCIA Password Manager is currently available in North America and carries an estimated resale price of $149.99.

- Vince Biancomano

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