This user guide describes the features and use of SafeConnex™ Mobile for Android devices. This guide is intended for SafeConnex™ Android Mobile users.
The client will support the following orientations:
The differences in the windows appearances, based on the Portrait or Landscape modes is minor. Each version has been “optimized” for the available space, the aspect ratio (length to width), appearance, and usability. However, for most windows, the appearance, features, and usage are very similar. Certain phone features may appear on different windows due to space limitations.
Note: Not all application windows are made for use in both Landscape and Portrait modes. Some screens will remain in one mode.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The available screen space for the phones varies by model. The Android products open to an “Introduction” page once, and then to the above page. The “Logins” button must be tapped to access the options to add either “Financial,” or “Other” accounts.
The Android phone has an additional "3 bullet" menu for sub-options.The "Logins" page will display in landscape mode for the Android client.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Due to the larger screen size of the tablet, more features are available to you, and so the layout more closely resembles that of the desktop version. In the above example, the "Services" and "Credit Cards" features appear in conjunction with the Logins list while, in the phone version, neither are opened until the feature is selected.
Android will also display the icon in addition to the Home, Services, and Search features.
During installation the installer will check for a supported operating system version (Android OS version 2.2 or later). To find the version number:
Apps - Settings - About device
The installer/client software is hosted by the Google Play Store for Android.
Go to the Google Play search for "SafeConnex" and follow the instructions.
Note: For questions regarding the use and usability of the mobile device itself please refer to the instruction manual or manufacturer.
Once the software has been downloaded to the mobile device, you will be prompted to create your Master PIN. After creation, the Master PIN must be entered in order to access SafeConnex. The Master PIN is the security feature for you to add and manage your online accounts.
The PIN must be entered twice before it is verified and the software activates
After an appropriate PIN has been selected and confirmed, pressing "Create PIN" will activate the software.
After the Master PIN has been successfully created, you will see this, or a similar dialogue box:
As a default, the Master PIN will be remembered for 15 minutes from the time the PIN is entered. The "Remember PIN for," feature can be changed in the Options menu of the SafeConnex Mobile software.
After the PIN creation, the Android mobile product will open to the default Introduction window.
For Android products, tap "Logins" to open the application and begin entering accounts
After the Master PIN has been created, if the PIN is entered, incorrectly, four successive times, all stored account information will be purged from the mobile device, and you will need to create a new Master PIN, and to recreate and previously stored accounts.
PIN Reset and Data Purge
Important Note: Submitting Incorrect PINAfter the Master PIN is created, if it is then entered incorrectly four times in a row the secure password file will be deleted, and you will be returned to the Create PIN screen. The purged data cannot be recovered, and you will need to create a new Master PIN as well as recreate any stored account information. This security mechanism is designed to protect online accounts from anyone seeking unauthorized access. All SafeConnex Mobile account information is stored on your mobile device. There are no "back doors" in to the mobile device, or any way to unlock or retrieve the data. Only you have access to your PIN and once lost there is no way to retrieve it.
Logins — Search — Services — Credit Cards
After activating the SafeConnex™ application, you will be at the "Logins" page, which is the default "home" page for the version — akin to the "Dashboard" of the desktop version.
For the Android tablet, tap to "Add" and for the Android phone, tap "Logins" to begin adding accounts.
Once you are at the level to Add Account, you will have three choices:
At this point, if you are a subscriber, you can add Identity Guard to the list of stored accounts.
To add Identity Guard, from any compatible mobile device,
A dialogue box will appear noting that the site has been added, and when you go to the "Login" page, you will see that "Add Identity Guard," has now changed to "My Identity Guard." All you need to do is to touch the "My Identity Guard" name, enter their PIN, and the account will open.
After pressing the "Financial" option, you will be taken to the "add your financial accounts" screen.
After selecting the "Financial" option, you can enter the bank name in the Search field or can choose from the small list of commonly used financial businesses. If you choose the bank from the list, you will go directly to that bank logon page - you can also use the search function:
After the credentials are submitted, the bank account will open, and you will be prompted to -
After the PIN is validated, you will receive a notice that your account has been set up.
After the secured account has been created, it will appear in the list of accounts on your home, "logins" page. Next, press the bank name in the list, and after entering your Master PIN, the bank account will open.
An "Other" account is a non-banking/financial account – a store card such as Macy’s, an online shopping account, an email account, or a social networking account like Facebook. Adding these accounts is easy:
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in Portrait Mode
Clicking "Other" will take you to the "Add your accounts" page, where you can use the search engine to browse to the account log on page, or can add from the short list of popular sites on the page. In either case, you need to go to the log on page of the desired site. For this example, we’ll use Facebook.
Either will take you to the login page for the site.
After choosing "OK," you will be prompted to enter their Master PIN to secure the account -
And the account is stored.
After this, you can go to your home "logins" page, and click to open your stored account.
Note: Accounts stored on an on an Android mobile device will appear in a single alphabetical list.
Android Phone and Tablet lists logins in a single alphabetical list
Once an account has been created, you have options to help you manage it with SafeConnex.
Android Functions - these functions are the same for Phone and Tablet
To access the Account Management functions on an Android mobile device, press/touch the account name for several seconds, and the management options will be displayed.
Simply pick the function you wish, and follow the on screen instructions.
Note: For My Identity Guard - "Delete," is not an option. This account is part of the SafeConnex software, and cannot be removed.
Edit Account Name
This gives you the option of changing the name of the account, as it appears in the accounts list. If you wish to change the name of a banking account from "Wells Fargo," to "Vacation Savings," this is where they would do it.
After pressing to "Edit Account Name," the feature opens with the name already highlighted, ready to be edited, and the keyboard is open. Just edit the name, and click "Done."
If you have changed the password of an account, that same change needs to be made to the secure account stored in SafeConnex. You simply need to tap to "Update Account," and then enter your new credentials to log in. Once logged in, the new credentials are saved for the stored account. You will need to do this for every device that has SafeConnex installed. However, if you make the change to the desktop version and then synchronize the accounts with a mobile version, the change will be made to the mobile version through the synchronization.
As with the iOS client, if you select to "Update Account," you are brought to the log in page of the site. Once you enter your credentials, the account is re-created in the SafeConnex account list.
View Account Credentials
For the Android client, the option to "View Account Credentials," is a separate function, where the function is combined with the function to Edit Login Name.
To remove the account completely, tap to "Delete," it. You will be asked to verify that you wish to delete the account, and if you answer, "yes," the account will be permanently deleted. It cannot be recovered, but can be added again through the normal add account processes.
"Safe Search" adds the power of the SafeConnex™ search so that your search results page is checked for authenticity to ensure the websites displayed are safe to open. The search is done using a combination of the Yahoo search engine through InfoSpace. In the following example, we have entered "screen saver" as the search criteria. The return shows a checkmark meaning that we have authenticated the links as being valid, and safe for the user to open.
Since the Android Tablet version of the product allows the use of multiple tabs, Safe Search will open, initially, when the Search icon is touched, but will then open automatically when each new tab is created, by pressing the + sign.
The Android phone installations do not include this feature.
The "Services" section of the SafeConnex software gives you the option to learn more about and subscribe to Identity Guard and other services.The "Services" briefcase icon is available for the Android Phone and Android Tablet.
Adding a Credit Card
The Credit Card entry template is very similar for Android products phone and tablet versions. For each version, begin by tapping the Credit Card icon, or the Credit Card "+" icon to view the credit card entry form. If no cards have been stored in the device, the credit card entry template will appear for the Android devices. For any device, simply tap the "+" icon to access the entry form.
For Android Phone - the entry template must be scrolled down in order to view and completely fill out the entire form.
However, for the Android Tablet, there are two major differences -
The Android Tablet version includes a single page, non-scrollable entry template as well as separate tabs for Billing and Shipping Addresses.
Once the credit card template is present, fill it out completely - each field must have an entry, including the Card Description. The "Card Type," is selected from a drop-down menu -
For the credit card and CSV numbers, use the numeric entry pad provided when the entry field is touched.
For expiration dates, the Android uses scrollable fields for month and year.
Once added, the card will appear in the credit card list, simply press the "+" Credit Cards button to add any additional banking cards.
Note - Only banking/financial cards can be added to this list. No single-store shopping cards, such as a gas card, department store card, etc. can be added.
The credit card functionality for SafeConnex Mobile is similar to the Desktop version:
For the Android products, "Safe Search," is accessed via the Magnifying Glass iconThe Android products also include a sub-menu, referred to as the "overflow" menu. For the Android phone, it is displayed as three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner - above the Credit Cards menu item, and for the Android tablet, it is displayed as three horizontal lines - similar to a notepad icon - in the lower left-hand corner. As the screen shots show, the menu placement does not change regardless of which screen you’re on, OR if the device is being used in Portrait or Landscape mode.
Android Tablet (Portrait Mode)
The sprocket icon denotes "Options" -this is where the Master PIN settings reside.
These are the only "Options" listed here for the Android products.
The following instructions apply to all Mobile products.
Note: PIN Change – Changing the PIN, affects only the device being used at that time. Additionally, any backups of the desktop version of SafeConnex created with a different PIN, are still secured by that PIN. If restoring a saved backup of the secured accounts, OR if synchronizing accounts between the desktop version or another mobile device, when prompted for that device PIN, you MUST enter the correct PIN in order for the synchronization or restore process to work.
The other Android Option is "Remember PIN." When installed, the default time for the SafeConnex client to stay logged in is 15 minutes, i.e. after 15 minutes, whether the software is used, or not, the customer will be prompted to re-enter their PIN if accessing SafeConnex. This can be changed to any of the time settings provided through the radio buttons of the "Remember PIN," screen.
The default setting is to remember the PIN for 15 minutes, AND to remember the PIN even if you leave the SafeConnex program. If set to "Off," you will be prompted to enter your PIN whenever you move between programs, even if you leave SafeConnex for just a few seconds.
The dual arrow is synonymous with the Mobile Synchronization feature across all SafeConnex platforms and devices, including the Desktop version. The synchronization function allows the SafeConnex installations to share the stored account and credit card information between them. This communication is:
Note: The following should be taken into consideration:
The desktop version of SafeConnex allows you to “Backup” and “Restore” data stored in the application on a backup file which is secured by your Master PIN. The file can then be stored on a USB device, or even e-mailed to you for safe keeping. While backup and restore options are not available on Android devices, if you have SafeConnex on a desktop computer, you can use the desktop as a backup for your Android device through the synchronization procedure.
The sync feature is very straightforward, with these simple caveats:
After ensuring that the devices are on the save network, and are seen on the network:
NOTE: Because your device is now discoverable to other devices on the same network, you should NOT perform the sync operation on a public network. Both of the synchronizing devices are protected by the PIN, but it is never a good idea to send personal information, especially financial information, over a public network.
The connection, or "handshake," will take place…
And once the connection is made, the synchronization will begin.
After the sync is complete, each device will list a summary of the account synchronization. In this example, since the mobile device had no accounts and the desktop had many, the summary shows all of the accounts copied to the mobile device, while there was no change to the desktop device.
After the Sync process all accounts and credit cards are now available from both SafeConnex locations
NOTE: The synchronization feature does NOT allow for individual or groups of accounts to be transferred. The feature makes every attempt to duplicate the account and credit card lists exactly as they appear between the devices. Therefore, if one device has 4 credit cards and 1 stored account, and the other device has 2 credit cards, and 15 stored accounts - after the synchronization, each device should have 6 credit cards and 16 stored accounts. There currently is NOT a synchronization or transfer mode which will allow for customized or selectable account or card transfers between devices.
"Help" is included in the section of the "Overflow" menu for Android
The “Introduction” Screen
Simply shows you the opening window for the Android application, with simple descriptors for the four major functions. Tapping any of the Blue boxes will bring the page out of the “introduction” mode, and will take you to that feature.
Note – In order to leave the Introduction screen, you will need to either make a selection, or use the “back” function available to Android device users.