Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Banana Security


From the name it does not sound like a serious security company. As a matter of fact, it sounds more like a joke than a real security company. I can't tell you exactly how serious they are and how secure is their software, but, what I can tell you is how cool it is and how good it works. And that pretty much does it for me :)


As I mentioned before, I got myself a new computer. It came with a lot of cool features like wifi, firewire, 4 usb ports, integrated web cam and what I thought was the coolest feature until today, the finger print reader. I've been using it from day one and I love it. I love not to writing a password anymore, just swipe the finger and that's it.


But today I discovered what was only seeing (at least for me) in movies. Banana Security has a software that using your notebook's web cam takes a picture of you and associates it with your Windows account. After setting that up I can lock my computer and only my face will unlock it. How cool is that? I've just installed so it does not have cons, yet. I tested with my wife in works just fine. When she was sitting in front of the computer it wouldn't unlock, but as soon as I popped in my Windows session was up again.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really doubt what would happen if your cam died one day...

Sebastian said...

You can enter your passwaord as you did before :)

Hector said...

Heh, have you tried not to shave your beard in some weeks? (if your wife lets you heh), I wonder if it doesn't cause any problem when the software tries to detect your face.

Cecilia Abadie said...

I'm with you Seba, the biometric readers give you this glimpse into the future that is totally worth it. I'll add the banana to the finger ;)

aslan said...

couldnt you just print out a picture of the users face and log in that way. someone how i cant believe a cheap webcam could tell the difference.