Trusted Key App User Guide

//Trusted Key App User Guide
Trusted Key App User Guide 2017-12-28T17:54:21+00:00

Take charge of your Digital Identity with the Trusted Key App. Say goodbye to tedious registrations and maintaining countless usernames and passwords. With Trusted Key accessing online services such as websites and applications is as simple as entering your email address and then providing a quick confirmation with your Trusted Key App.  You also have the option to create an authenticated online identity opening the door to more advanced features such as signing documents, securing credit card transactions, and even opening up bank accounts. In all of these interactions you remain in total control of what identity information is provided, and the receiving service can be sure that the information provided is genuine.

Setting up your Trusted Key App is as simple as registering your email address and taking photos of identity documents such as a driver’s license. By leveraging mobile hardware and biometric security features together with blockchain technology, copies of your identity documents reside only on your phone, and identity information in the form of tokens is transmitted using the highest grade elliptic curve cryptography. The Trusted Key App further leverages advanced blockchain capabilities to give you independent control over your identity creation, deletion (or revocation), and even transferring your identity to a new phone for recovery. Join the Blockchain Digital Identity revolution with Trusted Key and take control!

Trusted Key App

Download the latest version of the Trusted Key App:

The first time you use the Trusted Key App you will go through a set-up wizard. The wizard begins with setting up a 6-digit PIN. The App then requests an email address that will be used as an identifier to access the Trusted Key App on websites or applications. When you have submitted an email address a verification email will be sent. From here you have two options. You can look at the subject of the email which will contain a 6-digit value, and enter this code into the field in the Trusted Key App. The second option is to open the email on your phone and click the “Verify email” button. This will open the Trusted Key App and finish validating your email address. With your PIN and registered email address you are ready to start using the Trusted Key App for logins. If you would like to register with a service that requires additional identity information i.e. name, DOB etc. then you will need to register an identity document such as a driver’s license. Please see more details here on how to setup an ID.


Setup new account or recover previous account


Create PIN

Enter Email

Enter email address

Verify Code

Verify email address

Using the Trusted Key App
When you go to a website or application that supports Trusted Key you will be asked to enter an email address associated with your Trusted Key App. When you have entered your email address a page will appear asking you to authorize using your App and showing a passcode. Log into your Trusted Key App and in the Events page you will see the request. Press “Review Now”. Look closely at the next page before pressing confirm. Ensure the website or app asking for authorization is the same. Make sure the passcode matches the code on the page. Finally look at the identity information being provided to the site and make sure you’re comfortable with those details being released. If you are not comfortable press “Deny”.  If everything looks good press “Confirm” and after a few seconds you should be registered and logged into the site.

Enter Email

Enter email address into website or application

Show Code

Check code

confirm deny

Check website URL, code, and requested information. Confirm or Deny.

In the Events page you will see all the recent authorizations made by the Trusted Key App. If you have requested an authorization you can see the notification and can press “REVIEW NOW” to confirm or deny the request. If your page becomes too cluttered with events you can always press “CLEAR ALL” to remove the history.

Events page

Events page

This page displays all your registered identities. You can press on an email address to see details on its creation, and have the option to revoke it. Revoking an email address means that the email will no longer be associated with your Trusted Key App. You can open existing identity documents such as driver’s license where you can see the document details, and have the option to delete the document. Finally the app provides an option to “Add an ID”. For on setting up an ID please go here.

Identity Page

Identity page

Key Management
This page allows you to backup your Trusted Key Identity, revoke Identity on the phone, and revoke the identity of a Trusted Key App on another device. For more information on backup and recovery please go here.

Key Management page

Key Management page

The settings panel provides the option to turn Apple TouchID  ON/OFF to access the Trusted Key App. In settings you can also view your Trusted Key Open Network blockchain address.

Settings Page

Settings page

Setting up an ID
In the Identity page press “Add an ID”. You will be provided options to setup a driver’s license or an email. Please note that you can associate as many email addresses with your Trusted Key App as you wish. The Drivers license option will direct you to scan the front of your license. The first time you use this tool a tutorial will be provided on its operation. Click on the blue checkbox in the bottom right corner to continue. In order to grab the best picture possible you should take the following steps:

  • Make sure there is good ambient light in the room where you are taking the picture
  • Place your license on a dark background to provide better contrast
  • Try angling the phone a little to avoid shadows being cast on the license.

Raise or lower your phone so that the license is framed full size within the brackets. When the conditions are right the focus, glare, and face icons will turn green and the phone will automatically take the picture. If the phone cannot get the correct conditions after about 10 seconds it will provide an option to manually take the picture. Next the tool will request a picture of the back side of the driver’s license. The tool will process your driver’s license information and ask you to confirm its details. Sometimes when a poor picture is taken some details on your license will be missing in the review fields. In this case try going back and take the photos again. Finally the tool will ask for a selfie. Frame your face in the circle. Take any steps necessary to ensure you resemble the picture on your driver’s license i.e. if you are not wearing glasses on your driver’s license then take off your glasses for the selfie. Once everything is completed the tool will exit to the main menu and you will see that your driver’s license is pending. After a few minutes this status should change to show the license details.

Adding ID

Adding ID

take photo

Front driver’s license photo

Confirm info

Confirm driver’s license information

take selfie

Take a selfie

Backup and Revocation
A key strength of the Trusted Key Platform is the use of the blockchain to give users full control over their credentials without having to trust or rely upon any third party. These capabilities include the ability to revoke credentials, delegate revocation to others, and the ability to easily associate your identity tokens issued from one Trusted Key App to another Trusted Key App (i.e. when the user acquires a new phone).

Current Device – Backup
 Backup  is an important step that will allow you to reestablish your identity credentials on a replacement phone so you can continue to use services you have already registered with. To perform a Backup go to the Key Management page, press “Backup”, and enter your App PIN code. The Trusted Key App will then create a 12 word list. You should take some time and carefully write down these words using pen and paper and store it in a safe place. This manual process is fully intentional in order to push users to store their word list “offline”, out of reach from digital hackers. Many users will understandably be tempted to take shortcuts such as taking photos of the word list or writing the words in an email or online document, but all these shortcuts are discoverable from a determined hacker putting your identity at risk.

Current Device – Revoke
Revoking your current device will immediately invalidate your Trusted Key App. Once the action is taken the Trusted Key App will re-open and restart the onboarding process. However, you do still have the option still recover your App by following the instructions here. You should always revoke your Trusted Key App before uninstalling it from your phone.

Other Device – Revoke
 This function allows you to revoke the Trusted Key App on another mobile device. This is a useful feature if for example you lose your phone and want to immediately invalidate your credentials to prevent identity theft. The revocation process will request you enter the PIN code and valid word list for the App you want to revoke. You can always recover your App on another phone by following the instructions here.

Word List

Backup 12-word recovery list

confirm words

Confirmation word list was recorded correctly

confirm b4 revoke

Confirmation before revoking Trusted Key App

If you need to perform recovery install the latest version of the Trusted Key App on your phone. On the first page of the start-up wizard you will be presented an option to recover your account. The recovery will first ask you to enter your recovery PIN – which is the same PIN you used in your previous Trusted Key App. Next you will need to enter the 12-words obtained during the backup process. Upon success the Trusted Key will recover your account which means you can continue to use it with services you had registered with your Trusted Key App. Please note however that your identity information will not be recovered – so you will need to enter your email, scan your driver’s license etc. to reestablish those identities.

Recover Account

Choose “Recover Account” when App starts

Enter PIN

Enter PIN used in the previous Trusted Key App your trying to recover

enter words

Enter the 12 words from the backup of the Trusted Key App you wish to recover

Trusted Key App Support