Finger Print Reader December 29, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in computers.
I finally got a new portable to replace my old one – a nice shiny new Lenovo X61 tablet. It comes with a fingerprint reader. Of all the features, this is one I thought would be least useful. Boy was I wrong.
In order to make it convenient to use my current Toshiba M200 tablet I’ve disabled almost all the passwords. The only one I have to type in is when I initially log in. Since the computer gets rebooted about once a month this isn’t very often. It also means that if anyone picks up the computer they have immediate access to everything on it – including some personal information. But I left it in this state because when the PC is in tablet mode typing in a password is a bit painful & slow – as in this configuration the keyboard is completely hidden by the screen.
I didn’t occur to me that the finger print reader would address this problem – but the fingerprint reader solves this problem! I don’t have leave my computer unlocked all the time just to make it easy to use. One quick swipe and about 10 seconds later I can start writing on the tablet surface. I wonder how secure it is compared to a good password?
Every tablet should come with one of these things!