By broadcasting a login request over Bluetooth, the Authomate Proximity feature allows you to log into websites without scanning a QR code. You can configure the Authomate extension to start broadcasting as soon as you navigate to a page with a recognizable login field (Automatic Proximity) or whenever you click on the Authomate icon in the toolbar (Regular Proximity). You can configure the StrongPass App to log into a website with no user interaction required as soon as it receives a Bluetooth request, or you can require a user confirmation screen before logging in. If you have more than one account on a website, the App will display a list of accounts to allow you to select which one to use. The Authomate Proximity feature can also be used to unlock computers (PC or Mac) and to log into Windows applications with AppConnect.
In order to ensure that no one else can eavesdrop or interfere with the Bluetooth broadcast, you have to ‘pair’ the browser and the app by scanning a QR code and acknowledge the pairing request on both the app and the browser. If you select ‘no’ because you don’t want to permanently pair the two, then the user’s account or browser instance is put in a blocked list and you won’t be asked again unless/until you remove that entry. Browser extensions, StrongPass MAC Logon, StrongPass PC Logon for Windows, and AppConnect each maintain their own separate lists of paired and blocked devices. Multiple devices can be paired with each browser extension, but only one device at a time can be paired with Computer Unlock and AppConnect.
The Proximity feature can only be used if the following prerequisites are met
- Your phone supports Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth 4.0)
- Bluetooth is enabled on your phone
- Proximity is enabled on your StrongPass App under Settings>Proximity Settings
- Your Mac or Windows supports Bluetooth LE
- Bluetooth is enabled on your computer
- The Authomate Proximity Agent is installed on your Mac or Windows machine. You only need the Authomate BT Agent for Browser Extensions and StrongPass Mac Logon.
To get started, open a URL/site you wish to log into on your PC or laptop and navigate to the login page. In our example we are using Amazon.com with the Chrome browser. Once the login page for your site is loaded in the browser, you will see the Authomate extension icon appear on the Chrome toolbar.
1. To pair your phone with this browser on your computer please click on the Authomate extension icon.
What is automatic Proximity?
Automatic Proximity makes StrongPass easier to use by automatically starting the login process whenever you visit a website login page without having to click on the Authomate Icon in the browser toolbar. To complete the login process, simply open your StrongPass App. This feature is only available on Firefox and Chrome.
How do I enable/disable automatic proximity?
Go to any website login page and click on the Authomate icon. Click on the down arrows at the bottom
of the QR Code pop-up and select Automatic Proximity Enabled or Disabled. Enabled is the default setting.
What do the different Authomate icons mean in the toolbar?
Proximity displays different Authomate icons to indicate:
What are the Allowed List and Blocked List in the QR Code pop-up?
The Allowed List shows the StrongPass App device accounts that are paired with this browser and allowed to perform proximity.
Only users that are in the allowed list can access the information in the Bluetooth broadcast. Device accounts that are in the Blocked List are not allowed to use proximity with this browser. Your account gets added to the Blocked List if you answer NO during the pairing process. If you are not interested in using proximity, answer NO during the pairing process so that you will not be asked if you want to pair your device every time you visit a website login page. If you change your mind and want to use proximity with a device account in the blocked list, simply delete it from the list. To delete a user from the paired or blocked list, go to any web page where the Authomate Icon is enabled, click the Authomate Icon and click the down arrow on the lower right hand corner of the popup. Below is an illustration of the Allowed List and Blocked List in the browser extension.
Why doesn’t Proximity work after I log out of a site and want to log back in?
The extension will not automatically start a proximity login until you navigate to a different website. Hence, if you log out of a site, and want to log back into the same site, you will have to click on the extension icon. This prevents the Automatic Proximity feature from automatically logging you back into the website if the log out process returns you to the website login page. The Proximity is Enabled but not broadcasting icon will be displayed.
Why doesn’t Proximity work on Android if I am not on the Main screen?
On Android, the StrongPass app only scans for Proximity messages while you are on the Main screen. This helps conserve battery life by disabling Bluetooth monitoring whenever StrongPass is in the background or while you are performing other tasks such as editing accounts.
Every time I use proximity, I get a dialog box asking for confirmation. Can I turn this off?
- Ask you whether or not you want to log in (if “Verify Proximity Login is set to YES”) or
- Automatically log you in (if “Verify Proximity Login” is set to NO)
How do I enable/disable the proximity feature?
What are trusted devices?
Why doesn’t proximity work with new sites? Can I add a new site using proximity?
If a site login page is opened that is not stored in the app, the app will ignore auto proximity. If the user clicks on the extension icon and the site is not stored, then regular proximity will prompt the user to add the new site.