Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Microsoft can put your fingerprints online! (and you'll never know it.)

Using the Microsoft Fingerprint reader to log on to your computer should not be making you feel safe. It turns out that the reader takes a picture of your fingerprint and then transmits it to your computer unencrypted.

From PC World:
Because the fingerprint image is transferred unencrypted from the Fingerprint Reader to the PC, it could be stolen using a variety of hardware and software technologies....

The fingerprint reader is not a security device, just a very small, not very useful scanner.


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