The new Aloaha Credential Provider represents one of the most dramatic changes in the Windows Vista/7 logon screen, making it much easier to implement new user authentication scenarios that are supported by the OS.
To be able to logon via Smartcard to a windows machine requires usually the machine being a member of a domain. With the Aloaha Credential Provider that is not required!
The logon screen is the first thing users see when they turn on the computer.
The function of the Aloaha Credential Provider is to supply the OS with logon credentials. The logon credentials are saved encrypted on the local hard drive. In case the user uses the Aloaha Crypto Card the credentials are additionally saved encrypted on the card itself. When the user now types in Username, Domain\Username and Card Pin the Credential Provider will decrypt the locally saved credentials and pass them to the OS.
Smartcard based disk encryption included!
The Aloaha Credential Provider can be downloaded from http://www.aloaha.com/download/credentialprovider.zip
Approx. 45 Smartcards supported: SuisseID, German e-ID (nPA), HBA, eGK, SMC, CardOS, Kobil, SECCOS, s-Card, D-Trust, Telesec, Belgium Belpic, Signtrust, Micardo, StarCOS, ...