How does authentication work with the BrowZine app? (iOS & Android)

BrowZine works like a very advanced and smart web browser where the links to content are presented by the BrowZine cloud service to the app and then presented to the user as a table of contents.  When a user clicks on the article they want, this is then fetched from the publisher's server directly, thus enabling accurate COUNTER statistics for that publisher (full text downloads).

On the iPad, Apple's iOS Keychain is used to store user credentials, the same mechanism used for the iPad's built-in Safari web browser if a user decides to let the browser "remember my password" for a website.

The encryption used is AES 128, according to the details about the keychain starting on page 12 of this document:

For Android devices, there is no exact equivalent to the iOS keychain.  However, the Android OS includes its own security measures at the device level which is then compounded by AES-128 encryption of credentials in BrowZine built by Third Iron creating a double layer of protection.

If your library uses a proxy server to enable off-campus access, BrowZine initiates a session with the proxy server to authenticate you as an authorized user.  BrowZine passes the username and password data, which is encrypted and stored securely on your device, directly to the proxy server. The username and password are never passed to Third Iron servers.

Beyond proxy servers, BrowZine also works great with VPN as well as Shibboleth authentication mechanisms that may work in conjunction with your proxy server.

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