Internet Identity: The Basics

Learn about some of the most basic concepts of using Internet Identity.

What is a temporary key?


A temporary key is a private key safeguarded by dual layers of advanced encryption and securely stored in the browser's cache.

Temporary keys are convenient and enhanced alternatives to passwords, offering improved security while empowering users to access decentralized applications (dapps) on their devices through the use of a PIN.

In the event you do not want to create a Passkey when creating an Internet Identity, you may select the option continue without a Passkey and create a temporary key from a PIN.






Why is it temporary?

Deleting your browser's cache will delete any keys stored. Following registration, it is strongly recommended to create a recovery phrase to prevent any potential loss. Assets should not be stored on Internet Identity until you've created a passkey or recovery phrase.