Lenovo has launched a laptop computer that allows users to fully encrypt the contents of the hard drive by swiping a fingerprint reader.
The selected ThinkPad laptop models include the SafeGuard Easy 4.30 encryption program, based on technology from Utimaco to encrypt the hard drive with the user’s fingerprint as the key.
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The development is aimed at businesses concerned about losing confidential information when laptops are lost or stolen.
Lenovo also announced that its ThinkPad laptop line would be boosted by introducing Intel Core2Duo processors and upgrading wireless connectivity to the 802.11n standard to support faster speeds.
The announcement comes while Lenovo is in the process of recalling hundreds of thousands of Sony laptop batteries used in its ThinkPad machines. The recall follows similar moves by other laptop manufacturers and an incident at Los Angeles airport where a Lenovo ThinkPad caught fire.
In a separate development, the company is set to offer Softex’s OmniPass authentication management software on selected PC models. The software can handle fingerprint and password based authentication.