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HP Notebook PCs - Using Fingerprint Reader to Login to Applications and Web Sites
This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.
Understanding the fingerprint reader
Integrated fingerprint readers are available on specific models of HP PCs. In order to use a fingerprint reader, you will need to set up a user account with a password on the PC. This will allow you to log on to your PC with a swipe of a designated finger. You may also use the fingerprint reader to fill in password fields on web sites and other applications that require a log in. The software that controls the fingerprint reader is provided by VeriSoft.
Once you create your fingerprint identity, by registering your fingerprints and associating them to your Windows Vista login identity, you can set up a Single Sign On service that allows you to use your fingerprint scanner to create credentials for any application that requires a user name and password.
Create your fingerprint identity
To create your fingerprint identity, log onto your Windows Vista notebook as you would normally. If you are the only person on this computer with an account, you will be able to set up your VeriSoft fingerprint identity immediately. If you share the computer with other individuals, you will need to have a separate Windows Vista user account of your own. Refer to the See Also section for information on how to set up a Vista user account.
To create your VeriSoft fingerprint identity, follow the steps below.
Setting up Single Sign On
Single Sign On is a service that allows you to use your fingerprint in place of a password in multiple applications that require password protection, such as email accounts, website logins, and others. Rather than having to type your password in the blank field, you will now be able to swipe your registered finger across the fingerprint reader, and the VeriSoft program will log you onto your application or web site. To set up Single Sign On, follow the steps below.
You should now be able to use the fingerprint reader in multiple applications.
Registering other applications with VeriSoft fingerprint identity
You can decide to use the fingerprint reader to access a program or website by registering the application and adding a user name and password. VeriSoft remembers this information and enters it for you when you swipe your finger across the fingerprint reader.
You can register an application either of two ways: while logging on an individual application, or by using the Single Sign On application wizard. After registering the application you can modify the security settings.
Register an application when logging on
To add an application to the VeriSoft library of passwords and credentials, when logging on using the fingerprint reader, follow the steps below.
Register an application using the SSO wizard
To manually add a new application to the VeriSoft library of passwords and account names by creating a credential, follow the steps below.
You have successfully registered a new application in the VeriSoft library of credentials.
Managing and deleting credentials for an individual application
If at any point in time you wish to delete or alter a single credential (for example, if you mis-typed a password on your initial logon, and you now have two credentials for the same web page or application), you may manage your credentials by following the steps below.
You may also edit the properties of the credential, which will allow you to turn Single Sign On off or on for a given application. It will also allow you to alter the behavior of VeriSoft, so that it will either automatically populate passwords and submit them, or populate the fields, but wait for you to submit the information.
Removing all your fingerprint credentials from the system
If you wish to remove your entire library of credentials and your fingerprints from the system--for instance, because you wish to give your notebook to someone else--you may do so by following the steps below.
This process will not affect your ability to access your Windows Vista account. You will be able to do so by manually inputting your user name and password, as before.
You have successfully cleared your fingerprints and VeriSoft identity from the notebook PC.