The electronic personal identification function of the ID-card allows all persons to securely identify their clients or service users over the internet. Just like we show an identity document when concluding a card transaction in the store, we can show our ID-card to the services over the internet. This allows service providers to be convinced that the user really is the person he or she claims to be.
NB! The personal identification process will always ask for your PIN1. In the event that PIN2 is asked for, it means that you are not dealing with personal identification but with signing a document instead.
There is no longer a need to remember various usernames and passwords and the use of bank code cards and PIN-calculators is no longer necessary. While we use different usernames and passwords for every service, the same card and the same PIN applies for all services when using the ID-card.
In order to log in using the ID-card, you will need to know the PIN and the card itself must physically be in your possession. Security experts call this 'two-factor identification'. If a criminal does not know your PIN, he or she cannot use the ID-card on your behalf. Likewise, a criminal will have no use of finding out your PIN if he or she is not in possession of your ID-card.
On the contrary, when personal identification only takes place with a password or code card, the criminal only needs to find out the respective data. He or she will not need to physically possess the password or code card. The described single-factor personal identification is therefore significantly less secure.