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Time to invest in some biometric data storage?

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Group Test Fingerprint recognition might not be all it's cracked up to be - as it has been proven time and time again that there are ways around it - bit it's still far better than no security at all. As long as it's set up properly, it works well enough, and it's fairly easy to use. Many laptops now come with built-in biometric security, but what about the data that's not on your notebook?

What we have on test here are three different biometric USB Flash drives, all with their own unique features. The contestants are the RiTech BioSlimDisk, SanDisk's Cruzer Profile and the Sony MicroVault USM256F. Each uses fingerprint recognition so if you loose it, no one else can get at your valuable data.

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The three drives take different solutions to the same problem. The SanDisk and Sony devices offer further features, which I’ll go into more detail about in the individual reviews.

Although all three drives use a USB 2.0 interface, the memory used in the various drives means that there will be performance differences - see the charts. This shouldn’t prove to be too much of an issue in most instances though, but it is something worth taking into consideration before parting with your money. The cost of the various devices is also a factor to take into account of course, but you also have to consider what is more important, the cost of the device or the value of your data.

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