One Secure Notebook

By Cisco Cheng  |  Posted 2004-10-07 Print this article Print

IBM now offers fingerprint reader for ThinkPad T42.

IBM announces one of its most secure notebooks to date, with the introduction of the T Series ThinkPad T42 with an integrated fingerprint reader (a $50 option). This type of fingerprint reader captures more data than a traditional picture capture window because it scans more of the fingertips surface area, helping to prevent misidentification. Users swipe their finger across a small horizontally oriented sensor to log on to their systems, software applications, Web sites or databases. The fingerprint reader works in combination with the new version of the hardware- and software-based Embedded Security Subsystem (a chip on the system board), which ships with every system. The new version allows fingerprint identification and protects vital security information, such as encryption keys, electronic credentials and passphrases, and guards against unauthorized user access. The system starts at $1,899 and will ship on Oct. 19.

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Cisco Cheng is PC Magazine's lead analyst for laptops and tablet PCs. He is responsible for benchmarking, reviewing, and evaluating all laptops and tablet PCs. Cisco started with PC Magazine in 1999 as a support technician, testing printers, PC components, networking equipment, and software. He became the lead analyst for the laptop team in 2003 and since has written numerous reviews, buyer guides, and feature stories for both and the print magazine.

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