Tech Watch: New Eye Scanning Device Goes Beyond Online Passwords

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EyeLock

EyeLock, the first and only portable iris-scanning device for consumers. (Hoyos)

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(KCBS) – If you’re tired of having to remember dozens of passwords for websites, a new device might be just for you. It’s called EyeLock.

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley said this technology has been out there for government and large corporations but now, for the first time, it’s available for consumers for under a $100 as a desktop iris scanner that will secure your access to websites to things like PayPal, your bank, places where you don’t want to get hacked.

“It’s an intermediary between you and the password you already have logged in on your site,” Cooley explained. “It’s like a password vault.”

But Cooley added that there is a downside.

“It needs to be with you all the time to use different computers and I have yet to see if it’s mobile and could be used portably, easily on different machines. That’s one of the key things I would look for.”

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