FRAMINGHAM (07/13/2000) - How do you absolutely protect a notebook computer from hackers? One way is with a biometric Type II PCMCIA card (shown) with a pop-out fingerprint sensor. The Ethenticator MS 3000 can eliminate the need for passwords, the company says, by allowing access to Windows applications or Web forms only if a user's fingerprint matches a stored image. The card is now shipping for $199 from Lake Forest, Calif.-based Ethentica Inc.
Ethentica is also planning pilot implementations of the card with companies such as CompuCom Systems Inc., Amdahl Corp. and The Fijitsu Group. The card is driven by SecureSuit, a group of security applications that includes the SecureStart software needed to perform fingerprint recognition.
"Many companies have promised biometric products like this," says Ethentica CEO Doug Antone. "But ours is the first that actually works, is commercially acceptable and at the right price point."