What is IDmelon?
IDmelon is a passwordless authentication service which provides a convenient and secure way for you to log into your websites and applications. You can use your iPhone or Android smartphone as a USB FIDO2 hardware security key, so that you no longer need a password to log into your laptop/desktop and online services/accounts such as Microsoft, Office 365, GitHub, or any other FIDO2 supported platforms.
In fact, you can register your smartphone as a security key to the online service, authenticate your identity by using one of the preferably local authentication mechanisms available on the smartphone such as biometrics instead of traditional username/password logins and, therefore, keep your laptop/desktop and information safe in a convenient and secure way.
However, if you are not willing to use your smartphone or your workplace has restricted the use of smartphones, you can use an IDmelon Key for passwordless logins.
How secure is IDmelon?
Biometric authentication on smartphones that is becoming increasingly a common reliable and convenient way of unlocking a device cannot be extended through modern FIDO2 standards beyond smaphones. But, IDmelon has successfully enabled smartphones to be certified FIDO2 security keys.
Besides, embedded Secure Elements protect information from becoming compromised.
How is IDmelon different from security keys?
IDmelon eliminates the burden of carrying an extra physical object, i.e. a security key, around all the time which is cumbersome, unnatural and at a serious risk of being lost, stolen, damaged or left behind. Users are not forced to pair their smartphones with PCs via Bluetooth, so don’t worry if Bluetooth on your PC isn’t working properly. In fact, IDmelon offers a great user experience by enabling a ubiquitous smartphone which is rarely out of sight to be a FIDO2 certified security key.
IDmelon offers Security Key as a Service which cuts the costs of hardware security key purchase, distribution, replacement, and delivery.
And most importantly, the IDmelon Admin Panel allows enterprises to monitor and control their employees’ security access.
How is IDmelon different from other smartphone-based authentication solutions?
In addition to management panel, IDmelon allows users to share a PC by a single tap of their smartphones on an IDmelon Reader to go login without having to pair their smartphones with the PC via Bluetooth.
What is IDmelon Reader?
It is a small BLE reader that connects to a USB port on a PC to enable a user to log into the PC, websites, and applications without a password. IDmelon Reader allows a user to authenticate their identity by simply tapping their smartphone on the Reader in order to login.
Who is IDmelon Reader for?
Everyone can use IDmelon Reader, but it is specially designed for shared PC environments in which multiple users can use a single PC without compromising security. It is ideal for deskless workers, shift workers, and people who are constantly on the move, not anchored to a computer/desk, or work in industries such as retail, education, manufacturing, or healthcare.
Can I use IDmelon Reader as a FIDO2 key without a smartphone?
As the name says, it is a reader, which is designed so that you no longer need to carry an extra physical object or the burden around. Instead, to go login, you receive a popup notification on your smartphone which you can tap if and only if your smartphone is unlocked with one of the local authentication mechanisms available on the smartphone such as biometrics.
However, you can also use it as a PIN protected backup key which can work as a standalone classic USB security key of Yubico, Feitian, etc.
Do I need to buy an IDmelon Reader?
No, you don’t need one if you do not share your PC.
An individual who does not share their laptop/desktop does not need an IDmelon Reader and therefore can log into the computer and websites by simply approving a notification on their smartphone.
However, in shared PC environments, where multiple users log into the same computer, an IDmelon Reader connects to a USB port on the PC to enable multiple users to go passwordless after a single tap with their smartphones on the Reader and then log out of the system/app at the end of each session so that another user can log into the same PC or software.
But either way, an end user no longer carries an extra physical object, i. e. a security key, and can use their ubiquitous smartphone as a FIDO2 certified hardware security key.
Can a PC be shared, so that multiple users will be able to use their own smartphones to unlock the PC?
Yes. IDmelon Reader allows an unlimited number of users to use their smartphones as an external security key to log into windows, websites, and apps on the same PC in a convenient and secure way.
How many users can use the same IDmelon Reader?
An unlimited number of users can use the same IDmelon Reader.
Do users have to pair their smartphones with PCs via Bluetooth?
No. Due to frequent complaints about Blutooth problems in Windows 10, we eliminated the need to the Bluetooth connection on Windows.
All you need to do is to turn on the Blutooth on your smartphone, tap your smartphone on the Reader, click on the popup notification on your smartphone and go login.
How is IDmelon Reader different from FIDO2 security keys?
With IDmelon, you no longer carry an extra physical object, i.e. a security key, around all the time. And in addition to unlimited storage capacity for credentials, credentials can be both managed and audited.
It also helps enterprises reduce deployment time and costs significantly, since there no longer exist the need for HR for security key purchase, distribution, replacement, and delivery.
What is IDmelon Pairing Tool?
It is an application for desktop/laptop computers that enables a user to pair their smartphone with the computer to log into the computer, websites, and applications without a password. The IDmelon Pairing Tool allows a user to authenticate their identity by simply approving a popup notification on their smartphone to go login.
Who is IDmelon Pairing Tool for?
Everyone can use the IDmelon Pairing Tool, but it is specially designed for environments with single-user PCs in which users do not share their PCs. It is ideal for individuals or offices in which each computer is dedicated to a single user.
Do I have to pair my smartphone with PC via Bluetooth?
No. To pair your smartphone with your PC, you need to scan a QR code with your smartphone camera from the IDmelon Pairing Tool on the PC screen only once one day one and from then on, all you need to do in order to authenticate is to approve a popup notification on your smartphone.
Do I need an IDmelon Reader to be able to use the IDmelon Pairing Tool?
What is IDmelon Key?
IDmelon Key is a PIN-protected USB security key that allows you to log into computers, online services, or all FIDO2 supported platforms without a password.
Who is it for?
Everyone can use it, but it is ideal for users who are not willing to use their smartphones at work, or workplaces in which smartphone usage is restricted.
What makes IDmelon Key unique?
It is the one and only security key with LED indicator and beeper to offer great user experience.