HiveAuth (HAS) tutorial in real time

in #hive2 months ago (edited)

The Hive Authentication Services (HAS) by @arcange, or HiveAuth for short, is a way to securely login to Hive sites and dapps. It's also a way to securely login to non-Hive sites and dapps, if those sites and dapps choose to leverage this tool.



Recently, at HiveFest 7, arcange demonstrated HiveAuth. I'd been testing/trying/using HiveAuth prior and I had seen a demo before, but I learned something new from the HiveFest talk. Someone in the audience effectively asked arcange could HiveAuth be used alone while on mobile? This is a question that I'd asked myself.




Can I use HiveAuth on mobile only? Source:

Arcange's answer is at this time mark on the video, but it was demonstrated so quickly, so fleetingly, that I had to re-watch it four times before the light bulb in my head lit up! Ahh, that's how you do it!

This is why I made this video. It shows me toodling around in HiveAuth in real time...

Watch it on 3speak at https://3speak.tv/watch?v=crrdlx/lylcdppm

The magic secret: while on mobile, use the browser built into the Hive Keychain app, go to a HiveAuth enabled site/dapp to login, and when HiveAuth presents a QR code, just tap it with your finger! That's it, you're in!

Summary

HiveAuth is pretty amazing. Safety first, but also simplicity.

While using desktop: you can use the Hive Keychain mobile app to securely login with HiveAuth.

While using mobile: you can use the Hive Keychain app's browser to securely login to sites/dapps using HiveAuth by simply touching/tapping the QR code.

I hope more and more dapps, both on Hive and not on Hive, choose to implement this tool.

Edit: added source credits, clarified about browser within Keychain mobile app.



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Cool! I was wondering about this too. Does it only work within the Hive Keychain browser or have you gotten it to work from another browser or app?

I tried logging into Peakd from the Brave browser by tapping the QR code and it opened the Keychain app and said that it was registering the account, but it didn't ask me to approve it and when I went back to Brave, I wasn't logged into Peakd.

Hmm, on desktop, I don't think the browser matters at all, as long as it has the Hive Keychain extension. I'm not sure about the browser situation on mobile. That would be a question for arcange maybe. I did notice when he logged in during his demo (on his phone) he was asked if he wanted to open in Hive Keychain or Brave browser. I couldn't tell which he tapped, but I'm pretty sure he chose Keychain because that's what seemed to pop up next. Plus, it makes sense to me that it would have to be with the built in browser on Keychain mobile. A mobile browser and mobile Keychain are separate apps, unlike on desktop where the extension is built into the browser.

Edit: the strike-through portion was corrected by arcange below.

!LUV

Plus, it makes sense to me that it would have to be with the built in browser on Keychain mobile. A mobile browser and mobile Keychain are separate apps, unlike on desktop where the extension is built into the browser.

Absolutely not. HiveAuth has been specially designed for mobile-to-mobile communication, even on the same device.

Does it only work within the Hive Keychain browser

No, when on mobile or on desktop without Hive Keychain Extension installed, you can use **any ** browser.