Giving Hackers the Finger

Computers with embedded technology that reads a user's fingerprint before allowing access will jump from 15 million units shipped in 2006 to 228 million in 2011, a research firm said Friday.

In addition, TPM (trusted platform module) security chips jumped from 7 million in 2004 to 20 million in 2005, according to Endpoint Technologies Associates. They are projected to reach more than 250 million by 2010.

The theft this week of a laptop containing Social Security numbers and other data on 26 million United States military veterans is the latest incident to heighten security concerns for work-related computers. Consumers increasingly use their machines to store personal media like photos and videos as well as settings and passwords for web site log-ins and social networking sites. RED HERRING | Giving Hackers the Finger

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