Use Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution to Protect Your Laptops From Illegal Access


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.



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  1. [...] even brought it in coffee shops during our meeting with some clients. We also feel secure with its Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution feature to protect the unit from illegal access. With the Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Solution, [...]

  2. Rae says:

    My Acer Bio Protection recently stopped working as well as it used to. I’ve re-installed it but that hasn’t helped at all. It used to read my print pretty easy but now I have to keep trying for it to recognize anything. Is there anything I can do to change the sensitivity or get it to work better??

  3. LISYANTO says:

    “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”

    COULD YOU TELL ME HOW TO TURN OFF BIO PROTECTION ON TRAVELMATE 6292. THANKS A LOT

  4. Plazmacs says:

    Quote (my Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint is not working like it used to. Before, when I open up my MSN Messenger or try to log into my e-mail, the thing that asks you to swipe your finger pops up, but now it doesn’t even pop up for some odd reason. The only time it works is when I start up my computer and I swipe and logs me in) Quote

    i have the same problem too, the software suddenly stopped working 2 days ago. does anyone know what to do?

  5. Delta says:

    my daughter can’t open her Acer. the fingerprint recognition isn’t working, and she can’t remember her password. We’ve been looking for all her original dvd’s, but so far — nothing is working on this. Any help?

  6. giddeon says:

    I have a question if anyone knows please let me know..

    I have a travelmate 7720, recently got a virus on it and got the harddrive wiped, my pictures and secured documents that I used acer biometric fingerprint encrypter/decryter on these items was reinstalled there is no longer the option to encrypt/decrypt files and photos, anyone know how I can unlock this as the computer repair guy I had clean up my comp has no answers?

  7. [...] are encouraging consumers to try biometrics technology to secure their computers. One of which is Acer Bio Protection for notebooks. Typing in passwords is no longer enough to safeguard sensitive data inside your [...]

  8. lashana says:

    i have acer bio-protection fingerprint but its doesn’t scan my fingerprint no more it just has a question mark on, the part where its suppose to show my finger print help please.

  9. Kim says:

    Quote (my Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint is not working like it used to. Before, when I open up my MSN Messenger or try to log into my e-mail, the thing that asks you to swipe your finger pops up, but now it doesn’t even pop up for some odd reason. The only time it works is when I start up my computer and I swipe and logs me in) Quote

    i have this same problem, the acer bio protection used to work fine until a couple of weeks ago,now i am only asked for my print on start up.

    anyone know how to fix this?

  10. Laxman says:

    sir, i have acer 5738 laptop and the acer bio protection software is not working. what to do? sir

  11. Lewis says:

    when i start my acer aspire 8942g i get a black screen with password, i enter but i want to stop this, how?

  12. michalis says:

    i have acer 8942G with acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint install , i disabled the Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA), and now i am asked for password, i am giving the right one that i use at the first time that i enable the program, and i am taking the message invalid password, and the third time system disable 16257. help pls i can’t open my notebook.

    • Rob says:

      @michalis, Try only entering the first 8 characters of your log-in code, then press enter. that should get you in.

    • Rmi says:

      @michalis, Did you ever get the solution for this? I’m having just the same problem..

    • Ferenc says:

      i have the same problem. you know now, what need to do? pls help me, iam in despair. and iam dont know my password, becouse i didnt gave it when i installed the program. i gave only my fingerprints.

      ill hope, u help me, iam really need it.

      sorry my bad english, best wishes!

      feri

  13. Max says:

    You guys, Fingerprint is now work with Windows7. But there is something strange with this feature because it’s always “ping” on the speaker in every 2 or 3 minutes perhaps 5 minute. I have also request for some advise from Acer (Thailand) there is not issue on this matter yet. I assume myself that all users who using Windows 7 should better wait after the official release.

  14. Ben says:

    Hey,
    not too sure if you can help me but my concern is that my Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint is not working like it used to. Before, when I open up my MSN Messenger or try to log into my e-mail, the thing that asks you to swipe your finger pops up, but now it doesn’t even pop up for some odd reason. The only time it works is when I start up my computer and I swipe and logs me in. Do you know what the problem may be? By the way, I have the Aspire 6935. Thanks in advance.

  15. sanjay chauhan says:

    sir, i have an acer 5738 laptop. it also have an Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint but it is not working because i don’t know how to start it. i am an mba student and hence i want to start this function as soon as possible. can you plz tell me in detail about how to start this option. i have installed all the drivers but still no result. i will be extremely elated if you help me by giving detailed information about this. REGARDS IN ADVANCE.. PLZ REPLY SOON

  16. Ludovic-Stefan Kocsis says:

    Apparently there are many biometric solutions which DON’T work with IE8 (until now I did not hear of any one that works). Using biometrically-protected password banks is an addictive thing, especially with the ever growing number of sites requiring login, often clicking a link and needing to enter new login information before seeing the contents under the respective link. For the past two years I’ve been using a Lenovo R61i with fingerprint reader and password manager. Now I am using an Acer Aspire 8930G with fingerprint reader, Acer Bio Protection AAV and password bank (Vista Business 32). Different solutions, same result: they are working with IE7, not with IE8. It’s pretty sad that I have to still use IE7 (mainly because I get many links in mail that lead to sign-in protected sites) as long as Windows Update is proposing IE8 as an important update already for a long time. Because of the number of different non-working biometric solutions I do think there should be something to be done from IE8 side, like passing compatible messages while in sign-in screens between IE8 and any biometric software. There probably is a certain form of messages or protocol that IE7 is using, and biometric software recognize… Hope these aren’t patented :D Otherwise… I can’t wait to upgrade…
    I agree with Pangs that all answers that were given until now are just wild guesses, not at all documented. It is even unbelievable that a support engineer could suggest that a driver that works well under Vista with another Microsoft product (IE7) should be upgraded to support a new Microsoft application (IE8)… maybe all hardware providers should re-write their Vista drivers each time a new application pops on the market? If so, why do we need an OS in the end?

  17. David says:

    Hola me gustaria saber como tras actualizarse mi interenet explorer v.7 a v.8 , dejo de funcionar el password bank. ¿Hay que configurar explorer de alguna forma que funcione?
    con explorer 7 funcionaba perfectamente, pero windows update me actualiza el explorer.
    sabeis alguna solucion?
    gracias

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