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Safer Stick: Biometric Flash Disk

In Practice: Installation

Windows immediately identifies the Biometric Flash Disk as a mass memory medium after you hook it up to a free USB port. The installation under Windows ME/2000/XP is carried out automatically within seconds. You can open the removable drive through the Explorer. Within the Explorer you click "run.exe". No worries about the file name, although it doesn't raise much faith; it belongs to the Biometric Flash Disk.

First, you type in the serial number. Immediately after that you are asked to choose the finger you want to be scanned and to press it onto the scanning area. The scanning procedure takes a while, so that different scan versions can be stored. "Fingerprint OK" ends the procedure.

It would also seem wise to select the "Enable Rescue Password" option, which lets you type in an additional password. If, for instance, a device read fault occurs, or if your scanned finger is injured or otherwise incapacitated, you will still be able to get to your stored data through the additional password. Be sure to think of a complex password - do not use standard passwords that can be determined either through a lucky guess, or a brute force attack. In our test, accessing the Biometric Flash Disk was never a problem. Even a finger that was pressed obliquely onto the scan area was properly scanned.

Upon inserting the flash drive again, the program asks you to scan your finger before it grants access to the data. And every time we hooked it up to a different system, we were granted access in no time. Plexuscom's Biometric Flash Disk was absolutely reliable. The cable that comes with it is about one meter in length, making it possible to scan your finger without having to contort yourself.