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Your Guide to Biometric (Fingerprint ID) Safes

Aug 28, 2008
Purchasing a safe can, and should be, a thoughtful process. If you are considering purchasing a safe, you probably have something valuable or irreplaceable that you are needing to protect. Because of this, you should weigh your options carefully before you buy.

No matter what you want to keep protected in a safe, it's likely that your top priorities are: make sure no one has access but yourself and/or other designated individuals, and protect the contents from damage or other harm.

Safes come in many sizes, shapes, colors, etc. but if you are concerned about security, then you should be really considering what type of lock is on your safe. After all, a safe isn't worth anything if anyone can get into it.

Classic key locks are often not recommended for households with small children, especially if there are guns secured in the safe. Children are very observant and curious and unless you have hidden a key in an unreachable place, chances are they may find it.

Combination locks are often a good choice. However, sometimes it is difficult to choose a combination that you can remember and that no one else can guess.

Biometric safes are becoming increasingly popular because of their unique secure locking system. Biometric safes open only to your unique fingerprint (or other authorized users) so you can be sure that it would be impossible for unauthorized users to gain access.

Biometrics are being used for many security devices, but are an ideal way to keep home and office safes secure. Although they are highly advanced technologies, the system they use is fairly simple.

Biometric locks are equipped with a biometric reader. Whoever is using the safe will have their fingerprint scanned into this reader, which is turned into a numerical algorithm.

Because no two fingerprints are alike, this will be an entirely unique code. For the safe to open, the same physical characteristic (i.e. the fingerprint) must be presented to the biometric reader each time.

The advantages of this over other locks are obvious. No child will ever be able to access a gun safe in your home without your authorization. An intruder will have a nearly impossible time getting into a safe with a biometric lock, as there is no way to "fake" a fingerprint.

If you are seriously considering purchasing a safe and keeping the contents out of the wrong hands is your top priority, then a safe with a biometric fingerprint ID lock is probably your best bet.
About the Author
Wendy Moyer is a professional writer. Authority Safes offer a wide variety of safes for your home or office. If you are interested in a biometric safe for your valuables, please visit www.authoritysafes.com.
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