Why should I download it?
In the recent past, there have been issues with Estonian ID cards, which affected citizens, residents and e-residents alike. These were related to a potential security
vulnerability of the cards, and required all affected cardholders (around two-thirds of all cardholders) to update the certificates on their card. This should have been a simple
process, which could be done remotely with your card reader and ID card desktop application.
However, due to the incredible demand, and workload for the servers, updating the certificates became a difficult and at times impossible task. This left people without working ID
cards, unable to sign in to their banks and other service providers like the Estonian tax board, Statistics Estonia, and Xolo. Thousands of ID cards were replaced free of cost by
the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board because of the failed update process.
The simple solution for this already existed - Smart-ID.
With Smart-ID, you won't lose access to your banks or services, even if there are issues with your ID card. And once you've signed up for Smart-ID you can use it for three years,
regardless of whether you lose your ID card or if it expires during this time. This means much less stress in case of any more problems in future!
And this is even
more relevant for e-residents, who need to travel a lot further to replace
their ID card in
case it stops working.
They also can't access Mobile-ID, which would be the alternative option for Estonian residents.
On top of all this, it's just as secure as your ID card and reader. With Smart-ID you create your own 2 PIN codes for logging in. Once you've created them, you simply have to
remember them. As long as no-one knows your PIN codes, no-one can use Smart-ID to access any of your secure online services, even if they get access to your phone.
Also, in case you're a Mac user, you'll already know about the issues you face trying to use your ID card and card reader. Macs can be incredibly temperamental when it comes to card
readers and ID card software, and this can be frustrating. This is another reason to consider Smart-ID as an alternative. It won't let you down or stop you from simply accessing
your bank or making payments.