Create new devices

So far, we’ve only registered users on a single computer. However what would happened if this computer get lost or stolen ?

For this reason it’s a good idea for a user to register himself on multiple computers.

To put it another way, a physical person is represented in Parsec by a user and each computer this person has is represented in Parsec by a device.

Just like for the user, the device creation requires to have the inviting and the invitee devices both connected to the server at the same time.

Invite step

Inviting a new device is done from the Parsec client:

Device invitation process

Once started, the invitation is pending (note you can cancel it though) and an invitation URL and token are displayed. The URL shoul now be transfered on the invited computer.

Warning

Device invitation URL and token should be provided to the invitee by two different means of communication.

This is important to ensure protection against man-in-the-middle attack.

Note

For cryptographic reasons, a user can only create new devices for himself

Claim step

From the new computer, clicking on the invitation URL should open up Parsec:

Claim invitation process

That’s it! The user now has two devices, each on a different computer.

Note

  • If clicking on the URL doesn’t work, you can also use the Enter a URL manually dialog inside Parsec.

  • The inviting device will also be notified of the successful claim.

  • Given the password is only used locally, it doesn’t have to be the same across devices.