The thumb drive that needs a finger
Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 08:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you. The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it. The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.
"Unfortunately, because of their small size, flash drives are also easy to lose. With identity theft on the rise, you
certainly don't want your personal information falling into unscrupulous or even nosey hands. To foil prying eyes, you could
manually password-protect or otherwise encrypt files stored on your thumb drive. Drives are even available with fancy
combination locks to keep outsiders at bay. Or you could opt for something a little more exotic: fingerprint authentication.
A-Data has done just that with the FP1 flash drive, which gates its contents with a clever fingerprint scanner. Read on to
see how it works and whether it's a worth considering for your thumb-sized storage needs."
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