- Electronic IDs are personal credentials used in the electronic world.
- Can be used as a valid signature, it´s equivalent to your own signature.
- You can get electronic IDs for your phone or smart cards.
- Most public institutions and municipalities already offer login to service sites with electronic Ids
- Only one PIN number for all service sites that offer login with electronic IDs.
- Increase security and comfort.
- Rated the most secure authentication available to the public.
Electronic certificates (also called electronic IDs) are personal credentials used in the electronic world. Identifying you with electronic IDs online is tantamount to presenting personal identification. Electronic ID can be used as a valid signature, it´s equivalent to your own signature.
You can use the electronic IDs to authenticate your self and sign electronic documents. Most public institutions and municipalities already offer login to service sites with electronic IDs, as well as all banks, savings banks and more.
You can get electronic IDs for your phone or smart cards. If you are going to provide an electronic ID by phone, you need to check if your phone SIM-card supports electronic IDs. If not, you can get such a card from your network operator. You then go to a bank, savings bank or to Auðkenni (website in Icelandic only) and get an electronic ID there. When applying for an electronic ID, you must always have with you a valid driver’s license, passport or identity card with a photo.
Electronic IDs can be installed in almost all types of mobile phones. It´s good to know that to get an electronic ID in your phone, it doesn´t need to be a smartphone. Simpler phones will do.
Electronic IDs increase security. They are comfortable. All you have to do is remember one PIN instead of several and they will give you access to multiple service pages. In addition, you can use them to give a fully valid signature. Electronic IDs have been rated the most secure authentication available to the public, according to a recent survey. A password is never stored centrally and that increases security.
Electronic IDs are based on the the so-called Iceland root-certificate (Íslandsrót, information in Icelandic only), which is owned and managed by the Icelandic state. The state does not issue electronic certificates to individuals, but sets strict conditions for the issue of such certificates. Those who issue or intend to issue electronic IDs to individuals in Iceland are under the official supervision of the Consumer Agency. With strict requirements and its ownership of Íslandsrót, the state has full control over the environment of the documents and is responsible for the basic structure on which they are based.