Security with bite: 15 technologies tested

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.

Notebook with fingerprint scanner

Vendor IBM
Phone 132 426
Technology Notebook with biometric fingerprint scanner
Model IBM ThinkPad T42
Price From AU$3599
Interoperability ½
Good comms support but light on everything else.
Futureproofing ½
Fingerprint recogniton, DVD recorder is optional, low on video RAM and HDD space, small screen.
Very well priced for the latest technology with a decent amount of features.
Service ½
3-year RTB.
Rating ½

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

Topics: Security, Hardware, Health, Software

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


1 comment
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • You missed just one new technology

    You should have included in your testing the CAT (Cellular Authentication Token) by Mega AS Ltd (

    The is the best Authentication (cost/performance) available today.