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HP Notebook PCs - Setup and Use HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
A fingerprint reader is a security device that uses a scanned image of your finger for authentication. With fingerprint security software you can logon to applications and secure web site by scanning your finger instead of typing your user name and password from the keyboard. Some versions of the HP SimplePass fingerprint security software may also be identified as Digital Persona software.
To use a fingerprint reader, there must be at least one Windows User Account, and that account should require a password to logon to Windows. You can register a new fingerprint or web site at any time.
To set up and use HP SimplePass, you should:
Set up a Fingerprint Reader view a video 2:25 minutes.
Click the video link above to learn how to enroll a finger print, register a password protected site, and access a registered site using your fingerprint reader.
Launch fingerprint reader application
Setting up your fingerprints and passwords will only need to be done once. The HP SimplePass security application will display on-screen prompts to lead you through the process step-by-step.
To launch the fingerprint security application, click Start , type the text protection in the search field, and select HP SimplePass Identification Protection from the listing.
Verify your logon
When trying to setup the fingerprint reader, you will be prompted several time to verify that you are the user. There are several different versions of the DigitalPersona and HP SimplePass software, and the instructions on what you should do to verify your logon are not intuitive.
To verify your identity, either press Enter key or scan your finger a couple of times until a prompt is displayed requiring you to type the user password.
Enroll your fingerprints
You enroll your fingerprints by scanning each finger multiple times so the program can capture a consistent image of your finger. You want the reader to recognize your finger, not someone else's finger. It is best to enroll your index finger and at least two other fingers for flexibility. If for example, your index finger is scratched or injured, or even dry and dirty, the reader may not recognize it. You can add or delete additional fingerprints at any time. For security, you will be prompted for a password - or a good fingerprint scan - before it adds or removes a fingerprint.
NOTE: You must have a valid user logon account on the computer, and enroll the fingerprints for that account, before you can register any password protected sites.
Register or manage a secure logon account
Once a fingerprint is enrolled, you can register and manage a secure logon account for an application or web site. The Password Manager collects the user name, a password, and any other required values for logging in. To add another secure site, either click the fingerprint logon icon that appears on the secured web site in the browser, or open the HP SimplePass application and use the Password Manager , as shown below.
Adjust reader sensitivity
The image of your fingerprint stored in the program, represents the condition of your finger at the time it was scanned. If the skin gets dry, or you press the finger onto the reader and distort the skin, or move the finger on a slight angle across the scanner, or move too fast or slow, the scan will not be recognized. The sensitivity of the program can be adjusted to allow for some variation in the fingerprint recognition.
Use scanner to protect multiple users' accounts
The HP SimplePass Fingerprint reader provides easy security protection if multiple people use the same computer. On a computer, each person should have their own user account, and that account can be accessed using a fingerprint reader.
Back up and restore fingerprint configuration
Many applications and web sites use unique user names and passwords to protect the users' identity and data. The fingerprint reader can make this job easier, however many users have discovered that after using a fingerprint reader, they forget their passwords. If you are using the fingerprint reader to access half a dozen or more accounts with different user names and different passwords, you should consider what to do if the fingerprint reader fails to recognize your fingerprint.
Install or update required software
The fingerprint reader drivers and the security applications are designed to work on specific models and operating systems. All of the device drivers and security applications designed and approved for the original configuration of your notebook are available on the HP Drivers and Downloads support web site. The drivers and programs used on one model may not be compatible and may not work with other models.
For information on notebook PCs using other fingerprint reader security software, see: