Re: Microsoft Fingerprint Reader - Slow?
- From: "Lawrence A. Wong" <lawrence-wong@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 00:41:08 -0400
Chris: The fingerprint reader should react instantly. Make sure that it is
connected to a USB 2.0 port (a USB 1.0 or 1.1 port may be the cause of the
delay). Also make sure you have the latest drivers and software
(DigitalPersona) for the reader.
As for Mr Urban's comments
I'm sorry to say, but he is incorrect. Allow me to explain...
I have the fingerprint reader. The idea is that it is meant for PURE
CONVENIENCE and NOT enhance security.
The point of the fingerprint reader is so that by recongnizing the
fingerprint, it can insert the appropriate username and password for the
website. The fingerprint reader is also used for switching users using
Windows XP. The fingerprint reader only uses images to compare fingerprints.
If it is a close enough match, it will type in the password and username
"attached" to that finger.
If you read the instruction manual, it clearly states that it is not for
security purposes, nor does it have a fail safe way of preventing unwanted
access. Truth of the matter is if you know the username and password, you
can enter it using the keyboard and totally bypass the reader.
In addition to that, it also states that it is inappropriate to use the
fingerprint reader to log on to Domains and some networks.
A Fingerprint reader should be used for convienience. It's simply a device
that does all the password remembering for you. It does not enhance security
in anyway and can be very easily bypassed, especially if you already know
the log in information.
If you try to log into a banks website to check an account, you can either
use the fingerprint reader or just type the information. As for logging into
windows, you can unplug the fingerprint reader before Windows boots up
(although you don't have to) and just press CTRL + Alt + Del and type in the
log in info.
Troubleshooting Specialist, IT Department
All-Connect Logistical Services Inc.
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