THE AUTHENTICATOR APPLICATION

 

Witness Angel Authentificator is a smartphone/PC application that allows to create an "authenticator" - digital identity and its secure keychain - to interact with the WitnessAngel ecosystem.

Currently, this application is primarily used to become "Key Guardians". This role can have a very local utility, for example to protect the recordings of the VideoTémoignage of its own co-ownership. But it is also possible to join a public network of Key Keepers, on the Internet, in order to offer protection to vulnerable people.

Public Key Guardians are at the forefront of welcoming victims of violence, and helping them to legally exploit the evidence of violence they have collected. In the future, they will also be able to participate in a common decryption process, only when victims need their evidence to go to court.

Authenticator software installation

You can download the Witness Angel Authenticator software from the releases page on Github, in the "Assets" tab.

Note that these are preview versions, so they may still have significant incompatibilities. The iOS version is in the works.

We are working to stabilize the software, and to publish it on the application stores of the different operating systems.

Guided visit of the Authenticator software

1 - Authenticator management

The home page allows you to access the authenticators present in different locations on your device: in the user profile, in a folder of your choice, or on one of the connected USB keys.

Here you can manipulate existing authenticators, or select an empty location to initialize a new authenticator.

Be careful, the keychain is created directly in the selected folder, so if you want to use a custom location, first create a dedicated subfolder from your file explorer.

To see your authenticator from a file explorer, it will be useful to activate the display of hidden files.

2 - Creation of an authenticator

To create your digital identity, you will need to enter three pieces of information:

  • A username, which can also be a pseudonym
  • A secret phrase, long enough but not necessarily complex (e.g. 4 simple words)
  • A non-secret clue, to help you remember the secret phrase

The system will then generate your keychain, which may take some time.

Keep your secret phrase, because without it, your authenticator will be unrecoverable.

3 - Publication of an authenticator

To make the public part of your identity easily recordable by Witness Angel devices, you can decide to publish it on our web register.

You just have to give its unique ID so that the other persons can find you.

Without that, it will be necessary to pass by a physical device (ex. a usb key) to transfer your public identity to a Witness Angel, whether it is fixed or portable.

4 - Settings

For the moment, nothing very exciting in this page, because there is only one Witness Angel gateway deployed. To be continued!

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