StrongPass AppConnect periodically polls the windows on the desktop for applications of interest. If the user starts one of them, like Palo Alto's GlobalProtect client, AppConnect recognizes it and puts up a QR code or Proximity window next to it. After the user scans the QR code with the StrongPass Teams App or the equivalent data is passed to the App with Bluetooth, credentials are passed to AppConnect and populated in the application's user/password fields, and the Connect button is "pressed". The StrongPass window closes automatically when the login window of the application of interest closes or gets minimized. Credentials used with AppConnect are stored under Applications in the StrongPass App. For an example of Strongass AppConnect for the Mac click here. For an overview of StrongPass AppConnect, click here.
StrongPass AppConnect for Windows
To get started with StrongPass AppConnect you must first install the Microsoft Windows version of AppConnect. Once installed, follow the simple steps below:
In this example we will demonstrate how AppConnect can connect a VPN tunnel using Palo Alto's GlobalProtect client. Once the client is launched, AppConnect puts a QR code window next to GlobalProtect's panel.
Unlock the StrongPass App on the phone by entering your passcode or using Biometrics and then press the “Scan Now” button on the App to scan the QR Code.
If your PC supports Bluetooth 4.0 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), the App will prompt you to enable Proximity between the App and AppConnect, limited to the particular PC where AppConnect is running. This relationship will be added to the Trusted device list on your phone with a status of “Trusted” if you select “Yes”, or “Blocked” if you select “No”. If the PC is listed as “Blocked”, Proximity will not be used and going forward you will need to scan the Authomate QR code instead.
Since this is the first time you are establishing a VPN with GlobalProtect using StrongPass, the StrongPass App will prompt you to add a new account or link to an existing account that uses the same login credentials. If you use the same account credentials to log into more than one machine, it is better to create one account in StrongPass and link all other accounts to that account so that when you change the password, all will be updated together.
If you are using an iOS , you will be prompted Cancel, Add New, or Browse to link to an existing account. For Android the prompts are slightly different: ADD NEW ACCOUNT, USE ANOTHER ACCOUNT to link to an existing account or CANCEL. For this example, tap Add New or ADD NEW ACCOUNT to create a new GlobalProtect account in your StrongPass App.
The App will prompt you to add a new Application credential. The App will also automatically add the application name. You need to enter the credentials. Once you save the credentials (by clicking Next), the App will initiate the authentication process.
If you chose Yes on the App when prompted to enable proximity, AppConnect will ask you if this App user should be permitted to use Proximity. If you click Yes, you will be allowed to use proximity with AppConnect. If you click No, you will be blocked from using proximity and must scan QR codes. To view or modify the lists of allowed and blocked users, click on the AppConnect tray icon, then select the Proximity Users.... menu item.
These questions won’t be asked again on subsequent uses of AppConnect, unless and until AppConnect is uninstalled/reinstalled, or the user is removed from the blocked list using the Proximity Users menu item.
Select "Yes' to pair the user.
If you have entered the credentials successfully, AppConnect will automatically authenticate you to your portal.
StrongPass AppConnect for Mac
To get started with StrongPass AppConnect you must first install the Mac version of AppConnect. Once installed, follow the simple steps below:
In this example we will demonstrate how to use AppConnect to change a Mac user password. First login to your Mac. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups, then click the Change Password button.
The Change Password form is presented and AppConnect puts a QR code window on the lower left of the Mac system.
If your Mac supports Bluetooth 4.0 BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), the App will prompt you to enable Proximity between the App and AppConnect, limited to the particular Mac where AppConnect is running. This relationship will be added to the Trusted device list on your phone with a status of “Trusted” if you select “Yes”, or “Blocked” if you select “No”. If the PC is listed as “Blocked”, Proximity will not be used and going forward you will need to scan the Authomate QR code instead. Click Yes to continue.
The StrongPass app will present a screen on the phone with an automatically generated password. You can create a stronger password by moving the slider or clicking the switch to include special characters. If you prefer, you can clear the field and enter your own password manually. Once you are satisfied with the new password, click the "Save" button and App will initiate the change password process and AppConnect will automatically populate the new password in the right places on the change password form.
Click the Change Password button to complete the process. You can test the new password by locking the Mac and unlocking the Mac using StrongPass.
The videos below show how easy it is to use StrongPass with AppConnect with Proximity/QR Code scanning to provide credentials to applications:
AppConnect using QR Code
AppConnect with Proximity