Pay By Touch's TrueMe debuts this week for users of Upek's fingerprint scanners, which come in Lenovo laptops or as USB-pluggable peripherals. TrueMe is the first Pay By Touch service available to Internet use. Salesforce .com also plans to make it available through its AppExchange, the service through which its customers can access other Web-based apps.
The biometric system captures fingerprint information at the computer, where it's encrypted without being exposed to the operating system or the network. That's good news for the memory challenged, and bad news for anyone who likes a key chain full of security tokens.