Microsoft can put your fingerprints online! (and you'll never know it.)

Using the Microsoft Fingerprint reader to log on to your computer should not be making you feel safe. It turns out that the reader takes a picture of your fingerprint and then transmits it to your computer unencrypted.

From PC World:
Because the fingerprint image is transferred unencrypted from the Fingerprint Reader to the PC, it could be stolen using a variety of hardware and software technologies....

The fingerprint reader is not a security device, just a very small, not very useful scanner.


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Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.