The Ethenticator, manufactured by Ethentica, is a PCMCIA card that replaces passwords on a laptop. Instead of typing in a password, the user would place their finger on the sensor of the card. The fingerprint is scanned to see is that user has access to the laptop. Once a user is authenticated, they would not have to worry about passwords for e-mail, websites, logging in, etc. The Ethenticator uses a new TactileSense pad for scanning the fingerprint.

Since I run several websites and I use 34 different passwords on my server alone, I installed a PCMCIA card reader and a prototype Ethenticator. It works great, and I don't have to worry about all those passwords anymore. I keep those passwords on a different system encrypted with PGP just in case the card dies.

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