The netID login system started on Thursday with 60 partner sites. Sites like Merkur.de, Sat1.de or Kabeleins.de, as well as the online fashion store Calida, will allow users in the future to register with the same account when it is opened. The netDI login button is highlighted in green on the websites.
Approximately 35 million Internet users were able to log in with their existing Web.de, GMX and 7Pass accounts, according to netID. But you can also register with any e-mail address on the partner sites or directly netid.de. In the latter case, you receive an account, which, according to the NetID service providers, is decided by chance, either ProSiebenSat.1, RTL, or United Internet.
Three companies – the United Internet includes Web.de and GMX – are netID's leading forces, they have been working on the system for some time. The German competitor is the Wermi connection with partners such as Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen, Lufthansa and the media company Axel Springer.
What you need to know before entering any new data
If you apply for an online offer using netID, you will first see which of your data will be available to the service provider after logging in via netID. However, additional information, such as an address or date of birth, will be required if necessary. They also appear in the netID roots profile.
As a test, we created a netID account with netID.de, basically just the email address and password. However, if we wanted to use an account at Calida fashion store, we also had to enter an address and a name. From that moment on, these data also appeared in the so-called "netID Privacy Center" of the original account, and that's after we even redress the netID link to the fashion store.
During the test, we were no longer able to completely remove information about our name, but we could change it as we wanted it. However, information about the street, home number and place can be deleted in the "Privacy Center".
Competition for US services
Sven Bornemann, Executive Director of the European NetDief Fund, says he wants to "rapidly expand" the netID offer with other system partners. According to the netID website, "soon" Zalando, Otto Group, C & A and dpd will expand the offer. SPIEGEL publishing houses and other media houses, such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, also want to work with netID in the future.
NetID considers itself to be a competitor on American platforms. For example, Facebook, Google and Twitter have long been offering their users the ability to sign up for different pages with their respective account data.
However, due to additional security features, netID is lagging behind, for example, behind the Google service. On Thursday, NetID will not be able to further protect its login with two-factor authentication. This means: if someone caught or gets their password, they can log on behalf of the user on all pages linked to the netID account.
On the other hand, Google can set up not only a password for third-party sites, but also a code received from a mobile phone.
Two-factor authentication is so simple