Fingerprint reader....is it worth it?

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  1. Lvivkse

    Lvivkse My username is a typo

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    Hi, just a question for those who have used or own the fingerprint reader option on your HP notebooks

    how does it work, and is it a worthy feature?


    thanks in advance
     
  2. steveninspokane

    steveninspokane John 14:6 - Only ONE Way!

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    Depends, I've heard it only works with Internet explorer, but thats hear-say, also if your like me, when 200 (exaggerating) passwords and pay all your bills online, even order Chinese food and pizza online, that it will come in very handy.
     
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    dkwhite Notebook Deity

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    I like mine. It's just a convenience feature, no real security to it, but all the same I use it to log in every day. Saves me some carpel tunnel trouble down the road. hehe
     
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    AshleyinVA Notebook Consultant

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    IMO it's awesome. Now that I have it, it's a must in the future. It just takes the place of having to type in your password to log in to your user. Also, if you're running Vista you have more entering of your pw to give permission..you can also swipe your finger for that.
    My kids think it's the coolest. If you have multiple users on your laptop, the neat thing is, whoever wants to log in just swipes their finger and voila.. the fp reader knows the fingerprint and logs the right user in. I'm actually returning my hp 6700 for a hp dv5t and I might just be a gadget-freak but I just had to add that in the options!! Oh, and it works great - I thought it was going to be buggy and not work most of the time..not true.
     
  5. Lvivkse

    Lvivkse My username is a typo

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    how is that different than just saving your passwords so they autocomplete in forms?

    sounds worth it for the main log-in regardless though

    firefox compatable?
     
  6. AshleyinVA

    AshleyinVA Notebook Consultant

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    Unless there's something I don't know.. the fingerprint reader has nothing to do with surfing the net.. it has to do with windows permissions - user permissions.
     
  7. steveninspokane

    steveninspokane John 14:6 - Only ONE Way!

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    well well Ashley, your in for a surprize... You can store all your only passwords, from my understanding you can all add special functions like swiping different fingers, and it will open IE and log on you to the account you specify.
     
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    5strings Notebook Consultant

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    Im still in the infancy stage of using it on my new dv5t. I'm wary of saving passwords on my computer, and I don't know much about the security of the reader (i.e. - where's my fingerprint data stored). Any information on how secure these things are would be greatly appreciated. I would love to not have to type in any of my passwords.
     
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    netkiller Notebook Consultant

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    Its really useful when you don't feel like typing or when friends or people are around you. Sadly the Biocrypt Software doesn't work on Firefox 3.x and they don't do updates at all.
     
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    octavia Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes it is worth it. Although I only use it to log into my Windows account. If I had to buy a new computer, I'd get the fingerprint reader.
     
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