Microsoft Fingerprint Reader Does Passwords, Not Security

We hate remembering passwords. We have enough arbitrary code phrases in our life to remember, like the one we have to try to remember when our girlfriend cinches that plastic sack over our head. So Microsoft’s Fingerprint Reader software seemed pretty cool to us.

But can any of our more astute readers point out the discrepancy between Microsoft’s ad copy and what their disclaimer says?

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So, wait… it doesn’t do security? What are they worried about? The legal ramnifications of someone accessing the network with a digit chomped through with a cigar cutter?

Microsoft: Fingerprint Reader Replaces Passwords* [Mouseprint]

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  1. homerjay says:

    Microsoft: Not responsable for lost or stolen items.

    MS has loads of security products. Do they ALL carry this disclaimer for the sole purpose of avoiding any legal responsability?

  2. xian says:

    It’s hard to stand behind a product that can be defeated by gummi bears.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat

    You’re only secure as long as theives don’t have a sweet tooth?

  3. Kornkob says:

    Last I checked that device stores the fingerprint data in the clear (as an unencrypted image file). Thus, the device is not terribly secure.

  4. EarhornJones says:

    Where does this thing ever claim to be a security device? The product overview focuses solely on convenience, and never even hints that this is some sort of security tool. I think it’s too bad that consumers apparently have to be informed that a $50 USB device isn’t going to lock down their PC like the pentagon.