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31st May 2023 Issue no. 658

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Move past the password with VeriMark fingerprint keys from Kensington

* Desktop-finger-application.jpgKensington, a provider of desktop computing and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals' Choice, has launch ed its new VeriMark biometric authentication solutions: the VeriMark Guard Fingerprint Keys ideal for portable devices such as laptops and tablets and VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key for business desktop PC deployments.

Data breaches are on the rise, increasing to a staggering 36 billion exposed records in 2020 (source: Risk Based Security 2020). Passwords - even strong ones - are vulnerable to routine theft and interception and are the cause of 80% of data breaches.

Whilst more flexible working spaces such as coffee shops, or shared workspaces are on the rise following the pandemic, these spaces are much less secure when working with a non-secure network.

By requiring an additional piece of information to authenticate, such as fingerprint, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) blocks 99.9% of enterprise account hacks (Microsoft Study 2019). Biometric credentials are superior to traditional SMS texts or security questions since they cannot be intercepted without the user being aware.

VeriMark Guard and VeriMark Desktop keys utilise Match-in-Sensor technology to store fingerprint data within the fingerprint key itself - a more secure solution than storing it in the laptop/desktop.

The anti-spoofing technology used in the key exceeds industry standards for false rejection, (i.e. not accepting a valid fingerprint) and false acceptance (i.e. accepting a non-valid fingerprint) ensuring convenience and security. VeriMark Guard & Desktop are certified to the FIDO U2F (Fast Identity Online Universal 2nd Factor Standard) to ensure compatibility with the widest range of web services including Google Services, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, Dropbox and popular password managers such as Dashlane and LastPass.

* Laptop-finger-application.jpgThe VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key is ideally suited for point-of-sale and front-of-house applications with its 1.2m cable enabling placement virtually anywhere on the desk. Compatible with Windows 10, VeriMark Desktop adds support for Windows Hello and Windows Hello for Business to enable a passwordless log-on.

VeriMark Guard Fingerprint Key are perfectly suited to mobile devices such as laptops and tablets, and is available in two versions - one for laptops with USB-A ports and the other for USB-C laptops. Both fingerprint keys are compatible with Windows 7/8/10, macOS and Chrome OS, with browser support for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari. VeriMark Guard also adds FIDO2 Certification that offers expanded authentication options.

Backed by a two-year limited warranty, the VeriMark security solutions expand Kensington's winning family of data protection products for home and business.

* VeriMark Guard USB-A Fingerprint Key (K64708WW) £59.99 / £64.99
* VeriMark Guard USB-C Fingerprint Key (K64709WW) £59.99 / £64.99
* VeriMark Desktop Fingerprint Key (K62330WW) £69.99 / £79.99


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