got a Microsoft
hooked up to your PC and thought you had the latest and greatest in biometric security, you're
out of luck. A Finnish researcher has discovered that the reader -- which Microsoft has said shouldn't be used to
protect sensitive data (meaning, we assume, you should just use it to check out those wild whorls) -- sends fingerprint
info to the PC unencrypted, which could enable anyone with the right tools to snag your fingerprint image, and use it to
log into your PC. Strangely, Microsoft licenses the technology from another company, Digital Persona, which does
encrypt fingerprint data. For some reason, however, Microsoft chose to disable encryption in its product, making
it less secure than the passwords it purports to replace.