Digital Security

Fingerprint scanners offer more reliable computer security than passwords, and now, some are priced below three digits, so even the smallest businesses can let their fingers do the logging. The key benefit is that fingerprints can't be forgotten, stolen, or guessed. Compaq Computer's Fingerprint Identification Technology includes the reading hardware, which is mounted to a monitor or PC, plus the software. It's the cheapest--$99 if bought directly from Compaq (800 888-9909). Another budget option is SecureTouch Fingerprint Reader from Alternative Computer Technology for $199, down $100 from the previous model (513 755-1957).

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