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Meet Black FP, a gaming mouse with fingerprint scanner

A new mouse by Tt eSports, comes with a fingerprint sensor, allowing users to log in into websites like Facebook using a fingerprint sensor.


Fingerprint scanners are increasingly becoming popular among smartphones. Besides unlocking and locking smartphones, these scanners are soon replacing passwords for authentication to log in and even make payments online. While fingerprint scanners have already become common in smartphones, a few laptops too have included finger touch for a personalized login. Now, Tt eSports has introduced a new gaming mouse, Black FP, which comes with a fingerprint sensor. The company claims to have use National Security Agency (NSA) approved 256-bit advanced encryption standard, providing users with a fast and secure password-less way to login into their system and web pages. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking feature

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The Advanced Encryption Standard or AES is a specification for the encryption of electronic data established by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2001. It has been approved by the NSA for use in top secret information and comes in three different 128, 192, 256 key lengths. The BLACK FP uses the highest 256 security key length for maximum protection. With the use of the Fast Identify Online (FIDO) UAF standard, the BLACK FP provides interoperability of the security mouse and addresses the problems users face when trying to create and remember multiple usernames and password by creating a strong, safe and secure passwordless experience. Also Read - Increasing smartphone usage may be resulting in growing horns on our skull; research suggests

The sensor is located towards the front of the left side of the device, where the thumb of a right-handed person would naturally rest. Like any other device with fingerprint sensors, a user would need to setup their fingerprint. Once they are done, the mouse will let them sign in to Windows, password protected websites like Facebook or any secure folder. However, the placing of the finger touch sensor on the mouse conveniently disregards the left handed people. Other than that, Tt eSports notes that it’s a snappy little piece of hardware, taking only a fifth of a second to read a fingerprint and then verify it.

Additionally, the Black FP mouse comes with a fully customizable software to allow users to set all their desired macros, profiles and lift-off settings, together with fingerprint sensor recognition. The mouse uses the latest biometric sensor with Iron Veil technology by Synaptics. The Black FP comes with an Avago 9500 sensor, which gives users up to 5,700 dpi in terms of sensitivity, which can be adjusted in increments of 100 dpi. It also comes with four programmable dpi profiles, which allows a user to switch between on-the-fly. There are seven buttons on board, which are also programmable with various macros, and the main mouse buttons use Omron switches that have a five million click lifespan. Also, to add a little funk, the mouse has red LED lights positioned strategically around the device, including a bank of four to indicate which dpi profile you’re using. In addition to that, the Black FP comes with a special soft-touch surface coating with a matte finish, which provides user in-hand comfort during usage. ALSO READ: This Japanese company is planning to launch 50 satellites to capture Earth every day

The launch of the Black FP mouse is just in line with a recent survey by Wakefield Research, which suggests that almost 70 percent of companies are likely to phase out passwords within five years. Commissioned in conjunction with Wakefield, the responses surveyed more than 200 IT decision makers (ITDMs) in the US. Among the findings, the survey revealed that 69 percent of organizations are likely to do away with passwords within the next 5 years. “On the heels of recent mega breaches such as Yahoo!, in which usernames, passwords and security question responses were compromised, there’s a growing movement from individuals and businesses for an authentication overhaul,” said Craig Lund, CEO of SecureAuth. “Single-factor, password-based authentication — and even many traditional two-factor approaches — are no longer enough in today’s increasingly digital world. And with costs associated with cyberattacks totaling millions of dollars a year, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make it more difficult for attackers to cause further damage to our economy,” he added. ALSO READ: Intex Aqua S2 is the cheapest smartphone in India with fingerprint scanner, priced at Rs 4,490: Specifications, features

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  • Published Date: October 14, 2016 5:49 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 14, 2016 5:59 PM IST

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