Stick Your Thumb or Finger on the USB Drive, or Step Away from the Computer
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Now here’s a cool little gadget for the privacy freak who has everything.

Lexar has announced that beginning next week they will be selling a USB drive which reads your fingerprint, and converts the reading off the ridges into a password.


For subsequent use, if the fingerprint doesn’t fit, it will not admit.

The device does this by encrypting data on the USB drive, and then only unlocking it if the fingerprint matches the original, thus providing the correct “password”.

Now, who is actually going to use these things? They are going on sale at Best Buy, for crying out loud. Do they really expect to have the kind of volume that a Best Buy offering would warrant?

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And let’s face it, if someone really wants the data on your USB drive badly enough, there are ways they can provide the correct finger, whether you’re willing or not. They may sell a few here and there, but..to everybody everywhere?

UPDATE: The Lexmar Jumpdrive Fingerprint is now available from Amazon.

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