Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard review: Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Setup and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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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.

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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.

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Where to Buy

Lexar JumpDrive TouchGuard

Part Number: JDF256-275 Released: Sep 1, 2004

MSRP: $101.30

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 1, 2004
  • Features password protection
  • Form Factor USB Drive
  • Type Flash
  • Storage Capacity 256 MB