The Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution feature now very common in many high-end notebooks is one very good way to protect your laptops and netbooks from unwanted physical access. Physical because after activating the Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, the Pre-Boot Authentication will be enabled, thus no one will really be able to get through the operating system’s graphical user interface (GUI). This means they can’t open your files and see what you’ve been up to on the internet.
One particular brand of notebook that included this new added protection for laptop users is Acer. My new Acer TravelMate 6292-6B2G25Mn Notebook (read specs and features via the link) has this feature. I have also seen other brands and models of laptops with Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution and these include HP laptops, Dell laptops and Lenovo notebooks (but names for this feature vary depending on the manufacturer, others call this “fingerprint reader”).
What is Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution? According to its manufacturer, it “is a multi-purpose fingerprint software package integrated with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Utilizing the uniqueness of one’s fingerprint features, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution has incorporated protection against unauthorized access to your computer with Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), centralized password management with Password Bank, and fast application/website launching and login with Acer FingerLaunch. Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution also allows you to navigate through web browsers and documents using Acer FingerNav. With Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, you can now enjoy an extra layer of protection for your personal computer, as well as the convenience of accessing your daily tasks with a simple swipe of your finger!”
As stated above, my Travelmate 6292 has this device but why I did not enable or activate it. For one, my wife and I share the laptops we own especially the Lenovo G410 and Acer TravelMate 6292. The Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution can definitely provide you an added line of defense against theft but it may not be practical to use it in some cases. If your laptop is usually stationed at home and only you or your partner use it, it would be a waste of time swiping your finger everytime you want to logon to Windows. But if you travel a lot and bring with you your gears, then this is a feasible solution to data protection.