Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard review: Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard

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MSRP: $101.30
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Fingerprint protection for sensitive login information; AES encryption for files; autologin software.

The Bad Limited capacity; no support for Mac users and non-IE browsers.

The Bottom Line This is a great tool for keeping all of your usernames and passwords safely out of reach of would-be thieves.

7.8 Overall
  • Setup and interface 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Service and support 7.0

Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard

Lexar gives new meaning to the term thumb drive by installing a fingerprint scanner in a USB flash drive, allowing you to protect documents and sensitive Web site login information. Forget carrying around a scrap of paper with usernames and passwords. With a swipe of your finger on the JumpDrive TouchGuard, you can log in to up to 200 Web sites.

The Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard isn't the smallest USB flash drive we've seen, but a number of design features make up for its size. The drive is wrapped in a rubber strap that does double duty: First, it keeps the cap with the drive, so you don't have to worry about losing it. Second, when you lay the drive on its flat side, the rubber strap grips the desktop, allowing you to easily slide your finger over the scanner without having the drive slide around.

The Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard comes loaded with software and drivers, so you don't have to install drivers on each computer you use. You will, however, have to install the software on at least one computer to use the Auto Login feature, which automatically fills in your username and password and logs you in to registered sites.

The TouchGuard allows you to register up to 200 Web sites and 10 fingers, or ostensibly, one finger each for 10 different people. Unfortunately, everyone who is registered on the same device has access to all of the sites that are saved, which means you should carefully consider who you want accessing your e-mail and bank accounts before adding someone else's fingerprint to the device.

Other features include a My Favorites list, which allows you to import your Favorites list from your browser, and an encrypt/decrypt function that fingerprint- and password-protects files using 256-bit AES encryption on either the host computer or the drive itself. The JumpDrive TouchGuard also functions as a standard USB flash drive and will show up under the next available drive letter on your computer. You can drag and drop files onto the drive, and a meter on the Dashboard (the TouchGuard's software interface) will let you know how much space you've used. Lexar claims read and write speeds of 12MB per second and 6MB per second, respectively.

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