StrongPass AppConnect is a tool that you install on your Windows PC or Mac that  allows you to log into applications 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 in 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. StrongPass AppConnect is a TeamsPlus feature that works with Windows and Mac applications as described below. For more information on how StrongPass AppConnect Works, click here.


StrongPass AppConnect for Windows


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 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
  • Opening or saving password protected Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, etc)
  • 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) 
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader to open password protected files
  • Foxit PDF Reader/PhantomPDF to open/save password protected files
  • 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.

 



AppConnect is an executable that runs on Windows. You can download and install it using the StrongPass Components for Windows 


  • AppConnect is a Startup program. It starts automatically whenever a Windows user signs into their account.
  • AppConnect runs in the background and can be found in the System Tray and is represented by the Authomate icon.

A menu appears when you click on the AppConnect icon:


  • Intro - Opens a screen with a short introduction to AppConnect.
  • Preferences - This lets the user decide where to place the QR code window.
  • Import - Import signature files to add or update supported applications.
  • Proximity Users - This allows you to manage Allowed and Blocked users
  • Apps - The Apps menu item opens a screen showing all of AppConnect's supported applications.
  • About - Version and release information.
  • Exit - AppConnect can be stopped manually. It can be restarted from the Start Menu Authomate StrongPass folder and select Run StrongPass AppConnect

The Preferences Menu item allows you to select where to display the QRCode/Proximity screen, 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. You can move users between the two lists by clicking to select a user then clicking the right or left arrow to move them.
 



The Apps menu item opens a screen showing all of AppConnect's supported applications.
  • 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




StrongPass AppConnect for Mac


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
  • View password protected files with Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Opening or saving password protected files with Foxit PDF/PhantomPDF
  • View password protected files via the Preview App 
  • Opening or saving password protected Pages/Keynote/Numbers documents
  • Microsoft RDP client
  • Opening or saving password protected Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, etc)
  • 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 Login/AppConnect) is already installed, you must first uninstall StrongPass, install the JumpCloud Agent, then reinstall StrongPass.



 
AppConnect is an executable that runs on the Mac. You can download and install it using the StrongPass Components for Mac


  • AppConnect is a Startup program. It starts automatically whenever a Mac user signs into their account.
  • AppConnect runs in the background and can be found on the Task Bar and is represented by the Authomate icon.
The first time AppConnect runs, it comes up with a dialog box telling you that it needs accessibility control and asking if you want to open the preferences panel to enable it.  Click on Open Preferences.
Tick the check box next to StrongPassAppConnect.app.
Example of AppConnect being used to log into the App Store


Example of AppConnect  being used to log into the Mac as JumpCloud user