Security with bite: 15 technologies tested

Summary:In this special review, we round up the various authentication devices on the market. From fingerprint scanners, to single sign-on software and biometric technology -- we have the authentication market covered.

Biometrics (cont.)



Vendor Digital Persona
Web www.digitalpersona.com
Phone 650 474 4019
Technology Biometric fingerprint scanner
Model U.are.U 4000 Sensor
Price AU$229.90
 
Interoperability
½
Supports Windows XP, 2003, 2000, ME and even Windows 98. Also comes in workstation and server flavours.
Futureproofing
½
Quite secure professional biometric fingerprint scanner with application software to back it up.
ROI
Very well priced considering the ease of use and the benefit users would get from running a device like this.
Service
12 months for hardware and 30 days for software is average for these types of devices.
Rating


Vendor Microsoft
Web www.microsoft.com
Phone 132 058
Technology Biometric fingerprint scanner/password management
Model Microsoft Fingerprint Reader
Price AU$99.95
 
Interoperability
½
Interoperability is limited to Microsoft Windows XP.
Futureproofing
½
Due to its operating system limitations there is no real futureproofing built into this product.
ROI
½
Fair price for the peace of mind and certainly better than a simple password for Windows XP logins.
Service
3-year warranty is very good, particularly for a AU$100 product.
Rating
½


Contents
Introduction
Authentication vs authorisation
Passwords and token devices
Single sign-on
Smartcards/Proximity Cards
Smartcards (cont.)
Biometrics
Biometrics (cont.)
Digital Certificates/Signatures
Notebook with fingerprint scanner
Vendors
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