The Kensington VeriMark USB Fingerprint Key is just what you want security to be: convenient and simple to use while being uncompromising and accurate in its security functions. This small fingerprint reader does just that with its simple setup for Windows Hello, a tiny design that goes anywhere, and a sensor that removes some of the headaches often associated with fingerprint scanners. It’s a little pricier than some, but for trusted security from an established brand, it’s a great choice. The Kensngton VeriMark Fingerprint Key is designed with an Accurate sensor that reads printed scans at any angle, Tiny sized and is portable and convenient; Easy to set up for Windows Hello The Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key puts biometric security in a convenient, portable package, giving you a fingerprint login for Windows Hello and other sites that can go with you wherever you take your laptop. Now there’s an option for fingerprint-based security on any Windows 10 PC, with the Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key, a tiny USB fingerprint reader. The tiny USB device combines a compact USB dongle, a 360-degree fingerprint sensor, FIDO U2F certification for use in two-factor logons, and works with popular password managers like Dashlane, LastPass and Keeper. It’s small enough to leave plugged into any Windows PC, even a laptop that goes in and out of your bag, letting you take it on the go for security anywhere you happen to be. The compact design is built with portability in mind, with a low-profile dongle and a cover that attaches to a key chain. The ability to easily carry the scanner with you from one PC to another with your pocket change makes it immensely more portable than the scanners of even a year ago, which were generally clunky affairs that attached via a short USB cable. The Kensington VeriMark Key uses a 0.4 x 0.6-inch sensor that can read your fingerprint in theoretically every angle you might use it at. That flexibility is nice, without the finicky read errors you might see on unidirectional sensors.
To set up the sensor and register your fingerprint, you first need to set up your Windows account. In your Windows settings, you can secure your account with a PIN code. If you haven’t set this up previously, you’ll need to do this before registering your fingerprint. Just Plug in the USB and it will automatically install the needed software drivers, then Open your Windows settings and choose “Accounts.” Under your account you will see several sign-in options, with a portion of the Menu marked “Windows Hello.” Scroll down until you find the fingerprint option, and click the button to begin setup. This will welcome you to Windows Hello, and asks you to verify your identity with your PIN number. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be prompted to scan your finger on the fingerprint reader. You have the option of scanning in one or two fingers. Once that’s done, you’re all set, and can use the fingerprint reader to sign in to Windows Hello. However, it’s only set up on the PC you used. You’ll also need to set it up individually for each PC you want to use it on, since the device doesn’t store any fingerprint data on the device; it’s a reader only. Once you have your print registered, you can also set up the scanner to log you into other accounts. The tiny dongle comes with VeriMark’s password management tool preinstalled, letting you establish complex and unique logins for all of your online accounts, and sign in and out with a touch of your finger. In our testing, setting it up with LastPass let us sign into websites with our fingerprint, but it was a clunky process that often took more than one attempt to work – not because the fingerprint wasn’t accepted, but because the fingerprint-to-login transition didn’t always work seamlessly. You can also set it up as a second-factor logon for various cloud-based services. This process is a little less straightforward, with separate instructions for enabling U2F on Dropbox, Facebook, GitHub and Google.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key sells for $49.99, which is far less expensive than the fingerprint readers of years past, which often sold for upward of $100. It also has the added benefits of the 360-degree readability, better anti-spoofing technology and – compatibility with most password managers, which competing products may not offer.