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Chris Cardell

Your identity in a USB

TakeMS ScanlineIt’s easy to forget how much personal data is stored on your personal flash drive, everyone at DoesWhat has lost a memory stick or two and will doubtlessly misplace a few more. In most cases the data stored is not sensitive, however it would be nice to know that on the odd occasion when you have left on financial data or secretive documents that it is safe against prying eyes.

Now you could download a encryption tool for your USB flash disk which would do the job nicely, however where is the fun in that? This is why we decided to take a look at the latest memory stick gimic, the takeMS MEM-Drive Biometric Scanline (shown above). The device is packaged with an application that allows you to scan in all your fingerprints and use this as a way of accessing the secure side of the drive. However you can also use the memory stick as a normal drive if you choose not to swipe your finger.

Once inserted into the USB port we are greeted with the window above, once you have swiped your finger your fingerprint will be displayed in the box to the right and the finger you used will be highlighted on the left. The secure part of the drive will then be available.

Although you are paying twice as much for this USB than you would be for a regular memory stick of this size, we think the novelty, gadget and show-off value is worth the increased cost. Fear losing your sensitive files to naughty criminals or nosey colleagues no longer!

This entry was posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 9:17 pm GMT. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.



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  • linux guru

    seems like a good deal, a lot of these folder lock software apps cost around £20-40. to get the hardware as well as the software, plus the showoff value of the fingerprint reader is quality.

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