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I would like to tighten desktop security by replacing/renforcing the login passwords with fingerprints. The userID must be matched to the user's fingerprint for logon authentication. My USB fingerprint scanner already has software that enrolls, verifies and stores fingerprints in a database in the form of templates. So my challenge is that I have to personnalize/replace the Windows 2000 logon prompt to suit my fingerprint login needs. I don't know where to start. Should I use login scripts? Should I change the registry?? Any suggestions/ideas in this regard would be much appreciated.

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I don’t know a lot about this issue in particular but I figure that unless your finger print reader is capable of hooking into the same framework that smartcards use you’re probably going to find it difficult if not impossible to accomplish. I’m also fairly sure that there’s no magic registry hack or logon script way to perform authentication. The only thing I can suggest in terms of investigating further is to look at how RSA, et al. hook into Windows authentication.

If you do investigate further I’m interested in hearing the results. If you don’t mind can you please send me a follow up if proceed?

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  • DBZinGermany
    I like fingerprint as security, allows one to do away with passwords - which can be forgotten or learned by others; fingerprints are a little harder to steal. but one should balance the complexity (and cost) required for fingerprint sign-on against the need for such security. remember, you are looking at the cost of the software AND the cost of a 'reader' AT EACH work-station. READ: IT Budget. (I won't even get into the headaches involved when you lose your database). Also, consideration should be given to 1) allow any user to sign on to any workstation and 2) though this may seem inconvienient, if you really have something (READ: very valuable) that needs to be secure either have your system periodically re-require the fingerprint-id, regardless (actually especially) of activity on the workstation. you might give thought to using the fingerprint sign-on to allow individuals physical access to rooms/offices instead of the workstations. one problem with workstation access is when a user steps away from the workstation without signing off, thus allowing someone else access to the workstation. Fingerprint-id works, but it is expensive.
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