StrongPass AppConnect is a Teams Plus feature that allows you to log into applications on Windows and Mac computers using account credentials stored in your StrongPass Teams App. With StrongPass AppConnect you can log into VPN Clients, iTunes, and other applications using your StrongPass Teams App, the same way that you log into websites. Do you need to password protect zip files, Word documents or spreadsheets? StrongPass AppConnect allows you to generate strong passwords and save them securely in your StrongPass Teams App. Then you can easily unlock your files later or share the passwords securely with other members of your team.


How does it work?


StrongPass AppConnect periodically polls the windows on the desktop for applications of interest. When it recognizes an application request to log in or change password, it displays an AppConnect window next to the application window. Open your StrongPass Teams App and acknowledge the proximity request or scan the QR code to send your credentials. AppConnect will populate the username and password fields in the application and press the submit button. The AppConnect window closes automatically when the login window of the application closes or is minimized. Credentials used with AppConnect are stored under Applications in the StrongPass App. For more information on how to log into desktop applications with StrongPass AppConnect, click here.


Logging into GlobalProtect on Windows
 Logging into the App Store on Mac


StrongPass AppConnect for Windows


StrongPass AppConnect for Windows is included with the StrongPass Components available for download here

The following Windows operating systems are supported:

  • 32/64 bit Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 
  • 32/64 bit Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2019

The following Apps/Functionality are currently supported:
  • 7Zip (open source file archiver)
  • Opening a password protected zip file directly in windows File Explorer  
  • AnyConnect (Cisco's VPN client)  
  • FortiClient (Fortigate's VPN client)  
  • GlobalProtect (Palo Alto’s VPN client)  
  • NetGear (NetGear's VPN client)  
  • NCP (NCP's VPN client)  
  • OneDrive 
  • Evernote 
  • Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype
  • Apple Applications iTunes and iCloud
  • Remote Desktop client
  • Shrew (open source VPN client)  
  • Windows VPN (Microsoft's VPN client)  
  • Win Network (RDP and Microsoft's login to shared folders on other Windows PCs) 
  • View password protected files with Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Opening or saving password protected files with Foxit PDF/PhantomPDF
  • Opening or saving password protected Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, etc)
  • Outlook Plugins for Calendly, GoToMeeting, HubSpot, UberConference, Webex Meeting, and Zoom
  • Uber
  • Microsoft Store
  • Amazon Shopping and Amazon Prime
  • BlueJeans
  • GoToMeeting
  • UberConference
  • Webex Meetings and Webex Teams
  • Zoom
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • Generic. The StrongPass Generic Application handler will examine the currently active foreground window for password fields even for applications it does not recognize and open a QR code/Proximity window if it finds one. Note: The Generic application handler requires that the password field actually be selected before it will be detected.

 

StrongPass AppConnect is a Startup program. It starts automatically whenever a user signs into their account.


AppConnect runs in the background and can be found in the System Tray represented by the Authomate icon.

Click on the AppConnect icon to show its menu:
  • Intro - A short introduction to AppConnect.
  • Preferences - Control where the QR code window is placed.
  • Import - Import signature files to add or update supported applications.
  • Proximity Users - Manage Allowed and Blocked users
  • Apps - List the supported applications.
  • About - Version and release information.
  • Exit - Manually stop AppConnect. Go to the Start Menu Authomate StrongPass folder and select Run StrongPass AppConnect to restart.
The Preferences menu item allows you to select where to display the QR Code/Proximity screen. It can be displayed next to the application or on top of it.
The Import menu item is used to install AppConnect signature files that are distributed by Authomate to fix bugs and add support for new Windows applications.







The Manage Proximity Users window lets  you control which StrongPass users can use Proximity with AppConnect. Users that are in the Allowed Users list can use Proximity and users in the Blocked Users list cannot. Click to select a user then click the right or left arrow to move them between lists.
The Apps menu item shows a list of applications supported by AppConnect.
  • The apps are displayed alphabetically and each has a checkbox next to it.
  • Checked apps are enabled.
  • Unchecked apps are disabled.
  • Grayed out apps are not available – usually because signature files are missing or have been modified
  • To generate a debug log for support, select an app from the list.




StrongPass AppConnect for Mac


StrongPass AppConnect for Mac is included with the StrongPass Components available for download here.

The following Mac operating systems are supported:

  • OS X Sierra (10.12) through Catalina (10.15) 

The following Apps/Functionality are currently supported:
  • WinZip (Encrypting and Decrypting)  
  • Decrypting zip files with Archive Utility App
  • Extractor app for opening password protected archives (zip files)
  • System administrator credentials
  • iCloud, App Store and iTunes
  • Change Password
  • Reset Password
  • JumpCloud User login and password reset.
  • Fast Switching
  • AnyConnect (Cisco's VPN client)
  • NCP (NCP's VPN client)  
  • GlobalProtect (Palo Alto’s VPN client)
  • Apple VPN Client
  • Microsoft RDP client
  • View password protected files with the Preview App
  • View password protected files with Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Opening or saving password protected files with Foxit PDF/PhantomPDF
  • Opening or saving password protected Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, etc) 
  • Opening or saving password protected Pages/Keynote/Numbers documents
  • Log into Microsoft Office via Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel/OneNote


Note: AppConnect requires Automation privileges in order to populate passwords for Microsoft Office and Microsoft RDP.   The user will be prompted if it’s not already permitted. If permission is denied, AppConnect will not be able to fully populate the credentials and you will not be prompted again.


Additional information for JumpCloud users: 

  • The JumpCloud Agent must be installed on the Mac first before installing StrongPass.
  • If StrongPass (Mac Logon/AppConnect) is already installed, you must first uninstall StrongPass, install the JumpCloud Agent, then reinstall StrongPass.



AppConnect is a Startup program. It starts automatically whenever a user signs into their account.


AppConnect runs in the background and can be found on the Task Bar represented by the Authomate icon.

The first time AppConnect runs, it requests Accessibility API permissions. Open System Preferences to enable the permission.
Check the box for the StrongPassAppConnect.app.