Date: September 19th, 2005
Article by: Zhenya Semikhodski
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PRODUCT USE & SETUP (cont'd)
Once you have logged in you will notice a new icon has appeared in the system tray.
Immediately the registration wizard appears greeting you with the Welcome screen. The Security Information link you see there in the dialog opens the help files and takes you to the security warning discussed earlier regarding Microsoft’s warning that this device should not be used to protect highly sensitive data.
In the next step you have to verify your identity by entering your current Windows password. This essentially ties your fingerprints, which you are about to register, to your Windows account.
Finally we move onto the exciting part; digitizing yourself, turning your unique fingerprints into a digital counterpart stored in digital form. Exciting stuff, or maybe not.
The dialog above displays a representation of your two hands, left and right. Each finger is clickable. Clicking a finger selects it so that you can register your own fingerprint. Once you’ve done one finger you move onto the next. You do not have to scan all your fingers but it is strongly advisable to do several from each hand. If you scan just one, what happens if you hurt yourself and the scanner won’t recognize your finger until that nasty cut heals? No more favorite website access until your finger heals?! Just imagine explaining to your online buddies why you were absent for so long. So make sure you scan at least your index and middle fingers on each hand. Personally I got carried away and scanned them all, including my pinkies.
Here’s the breakdown of what has to be done to turn your identity over to your PC.
Once you have selected a finger you have to press it down on the pad four times so that the software can ‘learn’ what your fingerprint looks like.
I was surprised by how well the system reads the finger. In fact, it only misread my finger once and in order to take the following screenshots I had to make it fail on purpose by switching fingers halfway though the scanning procedure. To be honest I am amazed how well it works, but I cannot draw any conclusions yet, well I can since I’ve been using it for well over 2 months now, but to maintain the flow of the review, let’s assume I only just got it. ;-)