Ask anyone who has ever worked in the IT security sector about fingerprint scanners as a viable means of security and you will quickly learn they are a running joke. The sad fact of the matter is that fingerprint readers are not only easy to circumvent but also a royal nuisance to use due to their less than stellar abilities to accurately read a persons finger. If fingerprints aren't the solution, then what about Hoyos Eyelock USB iris scanner?
Unlike fingerprints which are easy to spoof and difficult to get consistent results from, the Eyelock
relies on iris scanning technology. While it is still possible to spoof iris scanners, they are multiple factors harder to successfully circumvent. They are also actually easier to use as they rarely mess up and give false negatives. And thanks to its USB interface and small form factor, this reader in a thumbdrive form factor can be taken and used anywhere. This increased security and ease of use are played off by the fact that you have to be willing to have your eyeball read. These type of devices do take a bit of getting used to, but once you do get used to them, it really does become second nature. Better still, once you have set up the software, you never need remember a password again as you eyeball is
the password. Hoyos claims this is the first consumer-orientated iris scanner. Over the next few months Hoyos will announce exactly when you will be able to pick up this $99 device.