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Once you’re logged in, the software sits in the system tray and gives you access to a number of features. IEAutologin enables you to automatically enter a username and password into a site just by swiping your fingerprint. Once you’ve set up the page by entering the username and password you click an icon that appears on the toolbar that captures the data. The next time you go to that page, you swipe and the info is automatically filled in indicated by three flashes of red in the entry fields. When you go to another PC and access the drive, the menu pops up. Just click the page from IE AutoLogin and it gets you straight in. If you always have to access the same page repeatedly when you’re on the move this is a great feature.
One drawback - and it’s a large one, is that it only works with Internet Explorer, which isn’t the browser of choice for anyone in the know. You can also choose to save your IE Favourites with you on the drive, so users can have access to them from any computer.
The next option on the menu is PC Lock, which forces you to swipe your fingerprint once the screensaver kicks in – again for added security for when you’re working on sensitive data. For the same reason, the ‘Fingerprint Lifetime’ setting makes you swipe every time you are away from your computer for a set amount of time.
Once extra layer of security the device offers is the ability to encrypt files just by choosing ‘Encrypt’ from a context menu when you right click on a file. It will only encrypt or decrypt a file if your memory key is plugged in and you have successfully accessed it. The thumb drive then essentially acts as a key to access encrypted files.
This was my first encounter with fingerprint swiping and initially, I was impressed with it. Swiping my finger rather than entering a password has a cool, futuristic, sci-fi feel to it. However, the novelty soon wore off and soon turned to frustration as a finger swipe that I created and that was successfully recognised failed to work on my next attempt.
I then decided to recreate my fingerprints from scratch and this time I had much more success. Earlier I had only given the scanner part of my fingerprint, but this time I swiped my whole finger, giving the scanner a much greater area. This means that it had more data to use, increasing the chances of a successful scan. Sure enough, after that it worked first time five times in a row. On the sixth time however, it caused my PC to blue-screen, which was a bit of a disappointment.