Florida PC Users Eager for Biometric Fingerprint Security

By | December 10, 2006

A vast majority of Florida PC users want the security and convenience of biometric fingerprint sensors, and find them much easier to use than passwords or other security options, according to a survey just completed by Central Florida technology company AuthenTec.

According to the survey: 96 percent liked using fingerprint sensors after trying them for the first time; 85 percent found the fingerprint sensor easy or very easy to use; 94 percent would pay more than $25 to add biometrics to their PC, with 77 percent willing to pay more than $50; Florida participants responded even more positively than users nationwide that participated in an earlier online survey.

The most recent survey was conducted among more than 200 PC users in three Central Florida locations in June. The users ranged in age from 18 to 55. Survey participants were provided commercially available biometric notebook computers and peripherals, and were asked a series of questions following their experience.

“Users were very attracted to the idea of fingerprint sensors when they first heard about it, but liked it even more once they tried it,” said Eric Bauer, marketing analyst for AuthenTec. “They especially appreciated the idea of enhancing PC security while replacing the need for passwords.”

Biometric fingerprint sensors replace the need to remember passwords — allowing authorized users to easily and quickly access their favorite computer applications or internet web sites by simply sliding their finger across the sensor surface. At the same time, the sensor restricts access to the computer and its files to only those enrolled – reducing the risk of theft or fraud.

Fingerprint sensors are available in notebooks, tablets and peripherals from 9 of today´s top 10 PC manufacturers, including Lenovo, HP, Fujitsu, Dell, Toshiba, ASUS, and others. The sensors also are available in peripherals that can be easily connected to the PC — including biometric password managers, mice, memory keys, PCMCIA cards and more.

Founded in 1998, Melbourne-based AuthenTec is the recognized volume supplier leader of biometric fingerprint sensors — shipping nearly two thirds of all sensors sold in the PC, wireless and access control markets during the past five years. The company´s sensors are used in more than 150 different notebook and tablet computers, portable hard drives, mice, keyboards, memory keys, cell phones and other devices.

The sensors are based on AuthenTec´s patented TruePrint and TrueMatch technologies, which provide the highest quality fingerprint imaging and matching — enabling the company´s extremely small sensors to provide higher accuracy and reliability than much larger competitive sensors.

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