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Fingerprint scanner that fits into a USB port
June 14, 2016, 1:06 pm

We know conventional passwords are not the most secure, especially if they are re-used across multiple sites. Biometrics are often a quicker and more effective approach, but most older devices do not come with fingerprint sensors or iris scanners. Still, we do not want anyone to be able to guess our PC password.

Now, Synaptics thinks it can make our old laptops more secure with its new fingerprint USB module, the Turnkey, which slips into any Windows PC's USB port. Users just have to enroll with their print, pop the USB into the port, and it will become the primary way they gain access to their notebook.

The Turnkey USB is FIDO-certified, meaning it has been vetted and meets certain security and privacy standards. What is unclear, however, is whether a hacker could just pull out the fingerprint scanner and attempt to log into the laptop with a normal password. It does not appear to lock in place.

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