IFAs finally have access to the long-awaited UNIPASS digital certificate which is designed to give i...
IFAs finally have access to the long-awaited UNIPASS digital certificate which is designed to give intermediaries access to product provider extranets without the need for several different passwords.
Prudential, Norwich Union and Skandia have already unveiled the new digital facility - created by Origo - on their extranets, and another 14 of the UK's life companies are expected to follow soon.
Work to develop e-business and digital certificates has been handled as a combined industry objective through Origo, which was set up in 1989 by 16 life and pensions companies to ensure financial services companies keep up with technological progress.
Now that the digital certificate is live, every individual at an IFA firm can access sites with a secure, unique online identity, following piloting of the certificates by Pru, Skandia and NU over the past few months, says Adam Byford, e-business development manager at Prudential.
"Feedback from IFAs has confirmed that they are fed up with having to remember numerous passwords and user names and often resort to writing them down, which is obviously very insecure. The UNIPASS digital certificates are an ideal solution to this problem, as they are not only secure but promote ease of access."
Nigel Hopwood, head of e-IFA development at Norwich Union, says IFAs will shown how to sign up to the certificates through a demonstration created for NU's sales staff.
NU will maintain a rollover period for both existing pass phrases and digital certificates until the company is satisfied sufficient advisers have switched to digital codes, adds Hopwood.
To obtain your own UNIPASS digital certificate, click thru the right-hand link.
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