updated 06:35 pm EST, Mon January 14, 2008
Protector Suite for Mac
UPEK today at Macworld Expo launched Protector Suite for Mac, an application that allows Mac users to increase security and convenience with the swipe of a finger. Protector Suite for Mac, in combination with Eikon Digital Privacy Manager -- a USB-based peripheral fingerprint reader -- enables Mac users to swipe their finger instead of typing passwords to log into as well access password-protected websites and secure preferences. The latest revision offers support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and is due to ship in several languages in the first half of 2008 (pricing was unavailable).
The Eikon Digital Privacy Manager fingerprint reader began shipping in May of last year for $50, and UPEK is demonstrating as well as selling Protector Suite for Mac along with the Eikon Digital Privacy Manager at Macworld this week in booth no. 4348.
The fingerprint scanner works with UPEK's software to allow users who successfully swipe their finger to login at startup as well as when returning from sleep mode; unlock Keychain to replay login credentials to Web accounts or access secure notes and certificates; unlock secure preferences to access administrator-level settings; unlock FileVault to decrypt a user's home folder; and unlock the screensaver.