UPEK Launches Fingerprint Reader With Mac OS X Support in Japan

PEK, Inc., the leading provider of fingerprint sensors embedded in laptop computers, today launched the Eikon Digital Privacy Manager in Japan, available on the Apple Online Store in Japan. The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager is a fingerprint reader USB peripheral coupled with UPEK’s award-winning Protector Suite software that allows Mac users to swipe their finger instead of typing passwords to login, unlock their Mac, switch users, and more. The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager is the only fingerprint reader on the market that supports Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard.

The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager enhances the Mac user experience by letting users simply swipe their finger to:
– Logon, at startup and when returning from sleep mode;
– Unlock when returning from screensaver;
– Switch user accounts;
– Unlock Secure Preferences to access administrator-level settings;
– Unlock Keychain to replay login credentials to web accounts and access secure notes and certificates; and
– Unlock FileVault to decrypt the user’s home folder. Typing and keeping track of passwords can be burdensome and at times frustrating. The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager allows Mac users to simply swipe their finger to access their Macs and perform everyday tasks that require user authentication.

Using passwords to access important information also poses risks when people use simple passwords that can be hacked, use the same password for multiple accounts, or write down passwords that can be stolen. The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager helps users remember stronger, more secure passwords while making log-in as simple as swiping your finger.

The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager began shipping in May 2007 and won the 2007 CES Best of Innovations Award while garnering rave reviews. Protector Suite software, recipient of the Computerworld Honors Award, has shipped on millions of laptop computers from major computer manufacturers.


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