Miscellaneous laptop discussions forum: Buying laptop - is fingerprint security worth it?

by: thinkofaname October 25, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

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Buying laptop - is fingerprint security worth it?

by thinkofaname - 10/25/06 11:55 PM

I have some issues. I'm buying a lap top and don't know which model or make to purchase.

However, my greatest concern is security. I have a boss who has a tendency to break in to our personal laptops (not company property) as he feels like it. He's a computer nutter and has degrees in computing, seems to know how to do more things than our IT people. Anyway, no one really trusts that they can leave their lap top overnight and it won't be accessed. Somehow he manages to bypass passwords for starting up the system. How? I have no idea. But we've ascertained that it has happened. This is a pretty serious issue as our privacy is breached.

I am looking at buying a new lap top now and am considering the fingerprint technology option as a means of preventing anyone from accessing my lap top anywhere. However, I understand it behaves in the same way as a password protected system and, if that's the case, and people can already get in to the system bypassing the password, what's the point?

Is there anyway of PREVENTING access, boot up itself, with fingerprint technology or anythign else for that matter? If so, what IS it?

I'm clueless for the most part so any help is very appreciated.

Aside from that, I travel regularly so portability is a priority. I'm not in to gaming nor do I create graphics. I will use it to watch the occasional DVD and listen to music. The most important thing is that I can write, edit work on the run, and use it for presentations. I have a budget up to $US2000 - does anyone have any ideas?

I'm looking at Sony and Toshiba products.

Thank you very much!

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