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Siemens ID Mouse Review
Siemens ID Mouse Review - PCSTATS
Does your computer contain sensitive information? If it does, you might want to consider using a biometic mouse to control access to your computer.
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Filed under: Biometrics Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Siemens May 01 2001   Max Page  
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Using the mouse:

Siemens state over and over that you must install the software before you plug in the ID mouse. With the software installed you have several options for security, including password only, password or authentication, and the most secure, authentication only. Unless I really had to, I would be a bit hesitant to check off the most secure form of lock down just because of that "what if" scenario - loosing the authenticating fingers.

The first person to install the software and setup the ID mouse automatically becomes the administrator. Groups of users can be configured, and along with first and last name an individual password is required.

The first step in the process is to scan in the fingers from either your right or left hand (depending on your preferences). Each of the users fingertips are scanned in three times, with an animation prompting you to lift up and re-position your finger between each scan. This helps the unit get a few, slightly different scans of the finger print as each time you reposition your finger on the sensor it differs slightly. An image of your fingerprint is displayed so you can see how clear the scan is.

During the authenticating procedure the ID mouse software prompts the user to position their finger on the capacitive sensor for acquisition. A large image of your fingerprint (we've blocked out the center portion in this image) is displayed on the screen, and the software then grants access, or asks you to attempt authentication again. As you can see, this representation of one of PCstats hardworking staff is very solid and clear. This fingerprint was authenticated and the user granted access to their computer.

In this attempt at authentication, there was some residual oil from a previous attempt which produced a slightly less clear image (again, we've blocked out the center portion of the image) for the software to calculate against. Our faithful staff member also made the error of not pressing their finger firmly enough onto the capacitive sensor. Both environmental effects conspired to result in access being denied. In most situations even a dirty sensor will properly authenticate if the user ensures they press firmly on the sensor with their finger.

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Contents of Article: Siemens ID Mouse
 Pg 1.  Siemens ID Mouse Review
 Pg 2.  What are Biometrics?
 Pg 3.  A Closer Look at the ID Mouse:
 Pg 4.  — Using the mouse:
 Pg 5.  Conclusions:

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