What are add-ons?
If you want to directly access the database from a browser, you need a browser add-on for the connection to the SSO agent. The agent is started via the icon in the system tray, whereby the add-on can be found in the menu section of the respective browser. Add-ons for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer are currently available and they are responsible for automatically entering login data on websites.
Browser add-ons for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can be directly downloaded using the SSO Agent. Right-click on the icon to open the context menu. Click on Install Browser Add-ons to select the requested add-on. As the actual installation of the add-ons is different in each case, the installations will be described separately below:
The Internet Explorer add-on can be directly installed together with the client. For this purpose, there is a corresponding option in the installer that is activated by default.
The installation of the Google Chrome add-on is started using the SSO Agent. You will be directed to the Google Store, where you can start the installation by clicking on Add.
The add-on will now be installed and the icon added to the browser.
You can download the Firefox add-on via the following link:
After the download, the add-on is simply dragged and dropped into the browser. After confirmation, it will be installed and an icon created in the menu bar.
Connection with the SSO agent
If the steps and have been carried out, the user can now open the desired browser. A window appears in which the security of the connection is confirmed. Pairing is performed with a simple click. The add-on is authorized to request data from the SSO Agent from this point onwards. A new icon will also be displayed in the desired browser from this point onwards:
If the icon is displayed as shown, it means that although the add-on has been installed, a connection has not yet been established with the SSO agent. Only after logging into the agent (via the icon in the system tray) will you receive a Windows notification about the successful login. If a connection to the agent has been established, the number of available records for the current website will be directly displayed on the icon.
A subscript “0” means that the add-on has successfully logged into the agent.
All settings that relate to the add-on are made centrally on the client. The user settings system can be used to enter settings globally per organisational unit or per user. The following options have a direct impact on the add-ons and can be found in the SSO category:
- Browser add-ons: Automatically send login masks ensures that the login is automatically completed after the access data has been entered. It is thus not necessary to click the relevant button manually
- About browser add-ons: Automatically fill login masks ensures that access data is entered without the need for any confirmation when a website is recognised.
The default browser option also has an impact on the add-ons. This setting defines the browser in which the websites are opened from the client.
Working with add-ons
The subscript number mentioned in the previous section is, on the one hand, only available with active logins and, on the other hand, it already says a lot about the “Number of possible entries”. For example, if the number “2” is shown, you can directly select the account with which you want to log in.
Previously, the prerequisite was that you had to manually navigate to the precise website via the browser that you actually wanted to use. This navigation can now also be handled by Password Safe – as described in the following section.
Searching and navigating
It is currently assumed that the user has to manually navigate to the website on which they want to automatically enter login data. This way of working is possible but is not convenient enough. The add-on can be used in a similar way to bookmarks. The search field can be used to search for the record in the database. The prerequisite is again that the record contains a URL.
In the screenshot, it can be seen that the URL as well as the name of the record (Wikipedia) are searched. The results for the search are displayed and can be selected using the arrow buttons or the mouse. The selected website will be opened in a separate tab.
Which passwords are displayed for a recognised website depends on how the record or records have been configured. It is possible to define for each password how granular the URL should be checked. Further information can be found in the section password settings.
The process will be explained using an example:
A unique password has been created for each of the following websites:
The Exact domain check is deactivated for all three passwords:
On www.passwordsafe.de, the passwords for the subdomains are also displayed in the add-on, i.e. www.passwordsafe.de, help.passwordsafe.de and license.passwordsafe.de
The Exact domain check is activated for all three passwords:
On www.passwordsafe.de, no passwords for the subdomains are displayed in the add-on. Only www.passwordsafe.de is displayed
The Exact domain check is activated for all passwords except for license.passwordsafe.de.
On www.passwordsafe.de, www.passwordsafe.de and license.passwordsafe.de are displayed in the add-on.