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DIGITAL I.D.

PCs in the office are usually protected from unauthorized access, but on the road a laptop is more vulnerable. The Ethenticator MS3000 from Ethentica Inc. keeps out intruders with a tiny fingerprint scanner on a PC card. To log on, authorized users simply place a designated finger on the card's scanner, which sticks out of the slot (www.ethentica.com, $179).

HOAX HANDLER

While virus attacks are a real threat, many "virus alerts" are pranks--particularly those passed around by e-mail. To identify hoaxes, the Symantec Corp.'s Security Updates site offers a free comprehensive list of fakes, plus a link to an "encyclopedia" of real viruses (www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html).

PEACHTREE PICKINS

You can now work with your Peachtree accounting data from any Web connection. Peachtree Web Accounting isn't a conventional application service provider: In the office you still use standard Peachtree software. But the data are synchronized on--and available from--Peachtree's computers. (www.peachtree.com; $9.99/month, single, $19.99/month, multiuser access).

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