Nexus' software components have new names:

Nexus PRIME -> Smart ID Identity Manager
Nexus Certificate Manager -> Smart ID Certificate Manager
Nexus Hybrid Access Gateway -> Smart ID Digital Access component
Nexus Personal -> Smart ID clients

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This article describes the main features of Smart ID Desktop App


Smart ID Desktop App

Use cases
Use virtual smart cards for securing the day-to-day business.

Provision manage and use virtual smart cards, Yubikey and other tokens for authentication, signing and encryption.  

Store keys in Microsoft keystore with the same use cases as virtual smart cards. 

Import and use certificates from ID06 cards. 

PKI-encode smart cards as part of the Digital ID solution. 

Windows-related use cases, such as these: 

  • Windows logon, logging in to a PC or laptop
  • TLS client cert authentication in Microsoft Edge
  • Remote access using VPN or direct access
  • Native app integration through MS crypto APIs CAPI or CNG
  • Secure email using S/MIME

Independently of Smart ID Desktop App, the following use cases also apply:

  • Document protection by signing or encryption
  • BitLocker drive encryption for data volumes

If you connect to another computer using remote desktop, the virtual smart card on the remote computer is disabled.

Integrate PKCS#11 clients with the virtual smart card, for example with Firefox.

User interface

Modern user interface which allows the user to:

  • View profile and certificate details
  • Delete profiles
  • Change PIN
  • Import certificate from file
  • Read logs and manage log levels
  • Change colour theme
  • Automatically use the language according to Windows setting, for supported languages

For more information on language support etc, see Smart ID Desktop App requirements and interoperability.

Lifecycle management

Integrated into the overall Nexus Smart ID architecture for:

For more information on use cases, see Virtual smart card management in Smart ID.


Virtual smart cards have the same level of security as a physical smart card:

  • Keys used for authentication are created and stored in cryptographically secured hardware (TPM)
  • Non-exportability, isolated cryptography and anti-hammering by using the TPM