APC Mouse Can Identify Users

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-05-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

APC's latest "prosumer" ware is a USB optical mouse equipped with a fingerprint reader and bundled with decent password management software for Windows systems.

APCs latest "prosumer" ware is a USB optical mouse equipped with a fingerprint reader and bundled with decent password management software for Windows systems.

The $59 Biometric Mouse Password Manager, which shipped this month, is a good choice for users who want to ensure more secure transactions on the Internet. I used the mouse/fingerprint reader to access my Web-based mail and banking applications.

Remembering to carry my special mouse is a step I wasnt sure I could handle. However, my tests of the Biometric Mouse Password Manager showed its worth adding to my mental checklist of things I must have with me before I leave the house or office.

I installed the drivers and software, enrolled a couple of fingers, and added passwords for commonly accessed sites (such as my bank and my Web-based e-mail account). It was super-convenient to access Web sites for which Ive purposely made up hard-to-guess passwords.

I loved just sticking my thumb on the reader and letting the password manager handle the tedious log-on process. It was also a snap to switch between users on my Windows XP laptop, and as many as 20 users can be enrolled on the system.

More information is at www.apc.com.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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