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#1 Nvyseal

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 09:12 PM

Does anyone have one? does it work? how secure is it really.

If you do have one, tell us about it and its cost. Has it ever failed to properly read your fingerprint?

#2 simon

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 02:21 AM

I am thinking of getting one I will let you know.. the cost here I can tell you is $ 55.00 usd at BJ wholesale warhouse

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 05:02 AM

I read something about that in popular science. It seems the low end, cheap ones (or under 300$) are software driven and can be easily cracked. But there are hardware fingerprint readers out there; toshiba has a laptop that has one built in and tied in with the BIOS. But then again thats a couple thousand right there for better security. But yeah I wouldn't trust any software-driven readers.

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 05:46 AM

Saw one at Costco today built into a laptop they had for sale. I think it was an HP but I don't honestly remember. The scanner worked perfectly for the guy that was manning the electronics demo counter area. I guess if it didn't let me in then it was secure enough to keep out the average person. It was neat and small too; hardly took up any of the valuable space on the small laptop it was on.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 02:58 AM

my question is, what happens if you get crazy glue on your fingertips or you're a carpenter, and in the process of using sandpaper, your prints are gone, how do you gain access to your computer

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 10:13 PM

You hope the computer has the option to use a retina scanner as well to override the finger print scanner. :blink:

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 10:33 PM

They're not really good yet... but usually, they can be bypassed with a password.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 12:02 AM

The one that I saw at Costco was set to the Just Kidding setting so you could get past it with your prints or by pressing CTL+ALT+DEL and entering a password. For the typical person, the just kidding mode should work just fine and it also provides a good backup in case your thumb falls off.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 12:15 AM

Who cares, the only reason I would want a fingerprint reader is because it's so cool! I'd love to show that off :blink:

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 06:15 AM

That was my exact point when I saw it. Who on earth besides spies need fingerprint scanners.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:25 AM

I want 1 cause they are cool, and so that average person cant get on my computer

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:07 PM

I'm not "important" enough for some dipshit to want to get into my computer.




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