ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software is a small application that provides a user’s computer with added security by means of fingerprint-recognition technology. This program is designed to recognize the user’s fingerprint information and uses it as an access code tool, allowing the user exclusive access to the computer, and preventing unauthorized access by others. ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software requires some external devices for it to work. These include a USB fingerprint keyboard, or a separate USB fingerprint reader. These are optical input devices that capture and send the user’s fingerprint image to the application for analysis.
ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software applies the fingerprint recognition technology to various security and user validation systems within the user’s computer. One example is the use of fingerprints in authenticating administrator changes to a user’s computer. When the system detects changes in the computer’s configuration, ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software will prompt the user to conduct a fingerprint scan to authenticate the action. Changes would only take effect if the application recognizes the user as the valid administrator. ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software also uses its fingerprint recognition technology along with passwords when logging into a user account. A user will be prompted to do a fingerprint scan upon logging into an account. Authenticated users possessing the correct fingerprint match would then be granted access to the account. This system is also used for boot protection.