A staple product on smartphones a few years ago, it was only recently that personal computers began to adopt fingerprint scanners for security. In fact, hardware has become more common in laptops, but it has left desktops out. There are USB fingerprint scanners, but most of them are designed to connect only to laptops. Kensington intends to change that by bringing a desktop version of the VeriMark Fingerprint Key to the market.
Kensington unveiled its fingerprint key solution for the first time in 2017 and was clearly aimed at laptops that did not come with their own integrated sensors. Small enough to be attached to a keychain without looking out of place, the design of the VeriMark Fingerprint Key means that it can only be next to a USB port. For desktops whose USB-A ports are located mainly on the back, this is almost as bad as not having a fingerprint reader.
In contrast, the new Kensington VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key features a 3.9 ‘USB cable so you can place it anywhere convenient. In fact, its design, which allows it to be placed on any flat surface, and 360-degree readability means that it can be placed the way you prefer.
Although the shape may be different, VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key still offers the same secure protection as its laptop predecessor, certified to FIDO U2F and WebAuthn and in compliance with many government security and privacy standards. Because it is a desktop authentication device, it is also compatible with Windows Hello and also Windows Hello for Business.
For desktop users who want a stronger but also more convenient form of security, the Kensington VeriMark desktop fingerprint key is now available for purchase for $ 74.99. And in case you’re wondering, your fingerprint is safely stored on the device, not your PC, to prevent accidental fingerprint data leaks, including those from unprotected fingerprints.