WordPress & Microsoft Fingerprint Reader

May 11th, 2006 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

By default, users of Microsoft’s Fingerprint Reader are frustrated whenever they try to login to WordPress sites.  This is because the software refuses to recognize the WordPress logon screen as a something you can input a password into. 


The fix is thankfully a very simple edit to the css file that handles the login screen. (/wp-admin/wp-admin.css)

#login #log, #pwd {
 font-size: 1.7em;
 width: 80%;

If you edit the font-size to be 1.2em or less the [tag]Fingerprint[/tag] Reader will recognize the field as a logon and store your password for you!

(This works for [tag]Wordpress[/tag] 2 or higher. For previous versions edit the embedded style rule in the file wp-login.php).

As an aside, I’m keeping my eye on the FingerFox Extension which enables you to use the Fingerprint Reader with the Firefox browser. I’m not quite ready to take the plunge with the app just yet … Perhaps when it shows up in the Official list of Firefox Extensions?? Eagerly waiting!

Updated Oct-26-2006

Important note for Microsoft Fingerprint Reader users with Internet Explorer 7. Oct 26 2006
Internet Explorer 7 is now out of beta and will start to be delivered to Windows users via Automatic Updates shortly. As it stands at the moment there are some serious problems in conjunction with the Fingerprint Reader:

  • Existing passwords to websites (accessed via IE6) no longer work.
  • Adding new passwords works but it is very slow and quirky.

We would recommend that before you install IE7 or run Windows update that you make certain that you have an alternate record of your passwords, for example stored in Password Safe (download free from Sourceforge).

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