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[TechRadar] This USB fingerprint dongle will make your old laptop secure
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This USB fingerprint dongle will make your old laptop secure

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/pc_peripherals/usb-fingerprint-synaptics-470-75.jpg" alt="This USB fingerprint dongle will make your old laptop secure"/><p>These days, an increasing number of devices are adopting fingerprint readers as a far more secure alternative to a simple password, and some notebooks have these built-in – although if your existing laptop doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, you can always add one courtesy of a new dongle from Synaptics.</p><p>Synaptics USB fingerprint dongle couldn't be any easier to use – you just plug it into a free USB port, go through a few simple setup steps, and that's it. </p><p>It's a compact little dongle so it can simply sit in your notebook as a permanent fixture (of course, you lose a USB port because of it), and you can then login to your machine with a touch of your finger via <a href="http://www.techradar.com/how-to/software/how-to-use-windows-hello-1301455">Windows Hello</a> (or indeed Microsoft Passport) which is incorporated with <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/windows-10-1267364/review">Windows 10</a>.</p><h3>The price is right</h3><p>Synaptics says that its dongle will be cheaply priced, so security won't cost you an arm or a leg (maybe just a fingertip), and it will be offering the gadget to PC vendors who could potentially bundle it with their machines.</p><p>With laptop and PC upgrade cycles becoming longer, as components like processors and graphics cards drift towards obsolescence at a far slower pace, it could be a long time before some of us buy a new notebook which might have an integrated fingerprint reader.</p><p>At least with this little gadget, you can easily add the tech to your existing machine. However, you'll have to wait a little while yet, as this USB dongle isn't expected to be available until the start of next year.</p><p>Via: <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/synaptics-usb-fingerprint-scanner-gives-any-pc-biometric-security-06442947/">Slashgear</a></p><ul><li>Also check out: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/future-tech/behavioural-biometrics-the-future-of-security-1302888">Behavioral biometrics – the future of security</a></li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/Krs0saqgYxM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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