PHOTO COURTES Y OF PAY B Y TOUCH™.
■ TrueMe™ — employing an
integrated or USB-connected finger
sensor — is said to be the first secure,
on-demand biometric authentication
system service on the Internet.
appearances, and perhaps even the
1984 first-class postage stamp bearing
his image. You may have seen him
battling schoolyard bullies and people
who take advantage of senior citizens.
He has appeared at schools and
county fairs in your locale, and he
even once rang the closing bell at
NASDAQ. Yes, it’s McGruff the Crime
Dog®, and he’s back. After being on
the job in the physical world since
about 1980 (which makes him 182
in dog years), he is now being
redeployed to protect both children
and adults against cyber crime.
other Internet scams, Pay By Touch
( www.paybytouch.com) has introduced TrueMe, a system that provides
PC users with an easy and secure way
to identify themselves and make
transactions on the Web using their
fingerprints. Available soon through a
growing number of providers, all you
will have to do is log onto a TrueMe-enables system and touch your finger
to the sensor. Your fingerprint will be
encrypted and combined with a
unique device ID and then sent to a
secure TrueMe authentication server.
The server will then decrypt the data
and validate that you are yourself
and that you are authorized to use
Putting aside tempting jokes
about carpal paw syndrome and
cyber hydrants, it is probably worthwhile to mention the “Take a Bite Out
of Cyber Crime” campaign (www.
bytecrime.org), which is a joint project of the National Crime Prevention
Council, the Chief Marketing Officer
(CMO) Council, and the Forum to
Advance the Mobile Experience. It is
being underwritten by a range of high-tech and media companies, including
Comcast, Intel, McAfee, et al., and
other companies are encouraged to
Finally, your authenticated
identity is securely transmitted to the
website or service that you want
to use, such as online banking,
e-commerce, and ISPs. According to
the company, more than three million
notebooks have already been shipped
with integrated finger sensors, so
watch for the service to become available at your favorite sites.
The campaign is intended to
reach millions of computer users
nationwide and to provide tools and
education to avoid being victimized
by crooks, hackers, child predators,
and other unsavory characters, so
even if you have doubts about the
efficacy of canine cartoon cops, you
may as well log on and take a look at
the suggestions. If nothing else, you
can get $20 off the list price of the
McAfee Internet Security Suite or, if
you prefer, a 30-day free trial version.
from the 1980’s
radio and TV
The new MG inductor series
from Gowanda Electronics
( www.gowanda.com) is designed
specifically for applications that
are magnetically sensitive and
■ The “beloved” crime dog — McGruff
PHOTO COUR TES Y OF CMO COUNCIL. — is now sniffing out cyber crime.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GOWANDA ELEC TRONICS.
■ The MG series inductors are safe for
magnetically sensitive environments.
therefore require nonmagnetic
components. Examples include test
equipment and devices, and medical
diagnostic equipment — particularly
imaging devices such as MRIs and
some types of X-ray equipment. The
inductors (in their role as filters)
block certain frequencies that
otherwise would compromise the
performance of the equipment or
device. It is also anticipated that they
will find applications in telecommunications, security systems,
instrumentation, laboratory analysis
equipment, aviation equipment, and
The series is available in both
through-hole leaded and SMT
versions. Technical specs include
inductance from 0.01 to 4. 7 H and
current ratings from 260 to 3835 mA
DC. Numerous self-resonant frequencies are available, ranging from 90 to
1,800+ MHz. A RoHS compliant
version is also available. Pricing
starts at $0.79 each in production
■ A pre-Christmas promotion saves on
an Alpine sound system.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ALPINE ELEC TRONICS, INC.
If someone in your family doesn’t
particularly care about the folks in
nearby cars, or the condition of his
eardrums, Alpine Electronics (www.
alpine-usa.com) has a promotional
package that could solve your gift-giving dilemma. Until December 25
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