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Avoid multiple login for a roaming user

Evidian roaming session elimininates the multiple login for a user connecting to multiple PCs successively

Demonstration of how to avoid multiple login for a roaming user?

The day-to-day tasks of some employees may require them to move around within a site, such as doctors in a hospital, production managers at an industrial site, store vendors, and others. Multiple login to all PCs is time consuming and can be stressful for the user.

Evidian offers a simple solution with a roaming session avoiding multiple login.

The video shows a roaming user with a RFID badge. On his first login, he enters the password associated to his RFID badge and Evidian Authentication Manager initializes a roaming session for a period of time. Then he moves to other PCs. He has not to enter his password again, thus avoiding multiple login. And he retrieves his roaming session.

This roaming session solution is compatible with all available authentication methods of Authentication Manager (passive and active RFID, smart card, biometrics and passwords).

How to avoid multiple login for a roaming user?

The roaming session

The roaming session of Evidian Authentication Manager simplifies the successive authentication to several computers. When a user, typically a doctor with his RFID badge, needs to access several computers during the day, he only has to authenticate once on the first computer; then he only needs his RFID badge to open the other computers sessions.

How to avoid multiple login (1/2)?

  1. From the central administration console, an administrator configures the roaming session mode on appropriate computers, for a number of users and for a defined duration.
  2. A user authenticates on a computer on which the roaming session mode is available, whatever the authentication method is (active or passive RFID device, smart card, biometry, login/password).

How to avoid multiple login (2/2)?

  1. When the same user presents for example his RFID badge on another computer, the roaming session is retrieved and the user is authenticated without having to type the password associated to the RFID badge.
  2. If the roaming session expires when it is open on a computer, the session remains open, but the user will have to authenticate at next session opening.

Evidian passwordless strong authentication methods

Evidian Authentication Manager replaces passwords by strong authentication methods.

Cover all authentication scenarios, whether a user accesses one or several PCs, or several users share one PC.

Examples of single sign-on solutions with Evidian Enterprise SSO and Authentication Manager

Typical use of SSO by over 5 million employees

Employees use a passwordless strong authentication method. After that, application passwords are automatically entered, on behalf of the employee, during application login prompts. This works either with web based, desktop as well as legacy applications without modifying them. Evidian gives an access to the applications to which the employee is entitled. And it transparently modifies and manages strong passwords for each application. An access log is centralized to facilitate audits, to know which employee uses which application and to meet regulatory constraints.

One PC - used by several users

Branch employees, sales staff in outlets, workers in manufacturing industry and others share a same PC in their Enterprise. They use a shared account with autologon to access the Windows session without password to save time. However, knowing who authenticated to the PC and at what time cannot be audited. Evidian with its multi-user desktop solves this problem with a fast user switching in a few seconds and a strong authentication method like a RFID badge to unlock the shared session.

One user – using multiple PCs successively

The day-to-day tasks of some employees may require them to move around within a site, such as doctors in a hospital, production managers at an industrial site, store vendors, and others. On each PC, they must log in to access their session and log out. As it takes time, an alternative solution must be found. Evidian offers a simple solution with a roaming session avoiding multiple login.

One user – using multiple PCs at once

Some employees need multiple PCs and monitors in order to work. These may include trading room workers, control room operators in industry, in transport, in video surveillance and others. It is unrealistic to ask these employees a multiple login to all PCs. Evidian offers a solution with a single login to multiple computers at once.

Are you looking for another solution?

Evidian offers many other solutions that will certainly meet your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Passwordless, contactless, handsfree authentication

Evidian SSO Single Sign-On

Evidian Enterprise SSO provides single sign-on to all users, businesses and organizations.

Free your users from remembering and typing passwords and drive your security policy by automating password management.

Why passwordless strong authentication methods?

Passwordless authentication

Passwords are the weak point of many authentication policies. Single or shared Windows passwords create a risk of intrusion and make it almost impossible to precisely verify the use of Windows accounts.

Replace passwords

Replace passwords with strong authentication: devices or biometrics. With Evidian Authentication Manager, users can prove their identity by what they have (smart card), who they are (biometrics) and what they know (password).

2FA - 2 factor authentication (or MFA)

Authentication Manager grants you the capability to use 2 factor authentication (or more). With this feature, your users will have to use 2 methods of authentication in order to login to their Windows session.

Even for sensitive applications

You can use a strong authentication to reauthenticate users when accessing sensitive applications and not only at Windows session login. And this transparently to the application by adding the Enterprise Single Sign-On module.

More than 5 million employees use Evidian authentication products

Most popular authentication

  1. Password
Simple, even rustic, its biggest flaw is that the security level depends directly on the complexity of the password. The result is that too many overly complex passwords make users take various measures to remember passwords, such as writing them down on Post-It™ notes or entering them in an Excel file or a smartphone.

A login and password combination is the most commonly used method of authentication. Single sign-on (SSO) solutions can reduce the increased number of passwords.

  1. One-Time Password OTP)
An OTP can prevent a password from being stolen and reused. An OTP system (usually a specialized calculator) provides a password upon request. This password is valid for a limited period of time and can only be used once.OTP is generally used for initial authentication for external access via VPN. It does not require any configuration of the workstation or smartphone concerned.
  1. PKI certificates on a smart card or USB key
X.509 certificates are often used to encrypt or sign messages without having to share a secret. The login ID is a public certificate that is signed and therefore guaranteed by a recognized certification authority. The user must provide a secret piece of information in order to use the cryptographic elements, such as the PIN code of its smart card or its USB key. In companies, smart cards are typically used more often than USB keys for authentication, even though the chip itself is often the same in both cases.This solution is frequently used for initial authentication or for access to email or web applications. It requires a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
  1. Login and password on a smart card or USB key
Storing the login and password on a smart card completely secures the authentication process. The password can be very complex, and it can be automatically and randomly changed very frequently. Without the card and its PIN code, there is no longer access to the password.This solution is usually used for authentication on PCs without having to deploy a key infrastructure.
  1. Cell phone
A cell phone can serve as an authentication object. There are two main methods used:

  • During authentication, a one-time password is sent by SMS to the user's cell phone.
  • A smartphone application calculates a one-time password itself.

The cell phone method is often used if the user forgets his password or smart card, particularly for access on the Internet.

  1. Biometrics
Authentication using biometrics is based on verifying a part of the user's body. The most often type used is the digital fingerprint. The user's biometric data is stored on a central server (with major legal constraints), on the workstation, or on a smart card.Biometrics is typically used for initial authentication or to protect access to highly sensitive applications.
  1. Contactless card
A chip that is embedded into a contactless card contains a code that identifies a user. Therefore this is an identification method that, paired with a password, can be used in authentication procedures. There are two versions of this technology. With active RFID, the card has its own power unit. This enables detection over a longer range (e.g. when entering a room or office).Active RFID can be used to detect absence for workstations in areas accessible to the general public.With passive RFID (HID, MIFARE, etc.), the card does not have its own power unit. When it is read, it is powered by an electromagnetic field generated by the reader.Passive RFID is often used to control physical access using a pass or for payment in a company cafeteria. This type of card can be detected from a few centimeters away

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