While fingerprint-reading security peripherals aren't exactly the new kids on the block, the latest offering from AuthenTec has two distinct things going for it - its compact size and its US$10 launch price. The Eikon mini is Mac and PC compatible, has a built-in USB connector and when plugged in, measures just 0.6 x 0.75 x by 0.5 inches (15 x 19 x 13 mm).

Designed to be carried in your pocket or remain plugged in to notebooks and tablets (at least those tablets with a USB port), the Eikon mini uses AuthenTec's TrueSuite fingerprint sensor software to provide access security, password management, secure web browsing and, for the PC version, file/folder lock.

The Eikon mini is currently available from AuthenTec for US$9.95.