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Card Readers
What is a card reader?

A contact or contactless card reader is a piece of hardware used to communicate between the card and the computer’s operating system. Contact and contactless readers come in many forms. The most common are USB used on desktop systems, and PCMCIA or Express card readers used on laptops. Smart card readers can also be integrated into laptops or keyboards.

How do I present my Contactless card to a contactless card reader?

Contactless card login only requires you to present your contactless card to the reader. You are not required to insert the card.

How do I insert my contact smart card into a smart card reader?

Your contact smart card is inserted into a contact smart card reader with the chip side up. Contact smart cards are inserted into vertical contact smart card readers with the chip facing toward you. A light may appear on some readers to indicate that the smart card has been inserted correctly.