To use the new functions you need a card reader with a certified driver and software. The reader retrieves the selected data from the chip and transmits them to the provider in encrypted form after you have entered the six-digit PIN. You can find a list of available readers here.
Basic, standard or deluxe - it's up to you!
|Properties||Basic reader *)||Standard reader||Deluxe reader|
|supports the eID function|
|provides more security than the traditional log-in|
|has its own keyboard|
|has its own display and PIN encryption|
|supports the signature function|
*) The PIN is entered via the keyboard of the connected computer. It is necessary to update your operating system, your antivirus software and your firewall on a regular basis. Once your data have been retrieved, remove your ID card from the reader.
|The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) recommends secure readers. They can be identified by the ID card logo printed on them. Readers tested by the BSI are additionally labelled with the following certificate:|
You can find practical information on Internet security and current threats at the website of the Federal Office for Information Security BSI für Bürger (in German).