This is pretty interesting. A co-worker just pointed out the ClipDrive Bio series of USB "drives." It claims to be:
ClipDrive Bio is the most secure and advanced USB 2.0 & USB 1.1 data storage device on the market. Using leading edge biometric fingerprint technology, the scanner authenticates a user's identity & then gives the user access to the hidden secure partition on the ClipDrive Bio. All data saved on the Secure Partition portion of the ClipDrive Bio is automatically encrypted and hidden.
Anyone using these things? It seems like a good place to store passwords if it really works. (That's how it came up in the discussion in the first place.)
Does it really require Windows? I can't tell for sure.
Posted by jzawodn at March 02, 2004 03:11 PM
Yeah... but how much? In order to answer that question, I must email or fax a request for quotation.
My guess... not cheap, and probably no rebate forms to get my purchase price back either.
Neat idea though. I hope that biometrics-based auth takes off. I hate pins, passwords, passphrases, and forgot flows.
I believe Sony has a "biometric" offering going along as well. I can't be sure though. I remember seeing it at the Frys in Fremont.
How much? About two to three times as much as regular USB keychains. I saw their booth at the RSA Conference. Right now these don't look like a standard mass storage device to hosts, so they require special drivers. I guess they only have them for Windows so far. But they told me they would have a "driverless" solution in a few months. That's what I'll want to buy. (They also have fingerprint reader protected large external hard drives.)
Watch out for the dreaded gelatin finger attack!
Hmm - the masthead picture on their site appears to show the device plugged in to a mac keyboard...
...appears to show the device plugged in to a mac...
Oh great, I guess you have to use Virtual PC to get it to work on a Mac ;)
From the specs: Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 98/98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
A lot of stuff SAYS that on the box but works just fine with Linux anyway.
Yeah, when the manufacturer doesn't want to have to support Linux — since they didn't claim to support it you can't complain if it doesn't work. It would be nice if they would just say so though — at least something like "may work on unsupported operating systems with drivers conforming to the Frobobnitz 3.14 standard" so the savvier folks could figure the rest out for themselves.
Tried to use these ones, though it does not seem to be very convenient and not enough trust - as there is no proof that a strong encryption is used inside the drive.
So decided to stay with an encryption program to encrypt the whole USB drive's partition (almost). It also can be run directly from a USB drive - without installation.