Glossary

Security Token

A security token is a device used in two-factor or multifactor authentication to authenticate a user and authorize them to access an organization’s network, systems, and data. A security token is often used alongside other security measures to grant access.

Terms related to Security Token: Authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, Multifactor Authentication, Single Sign On, Biometrics, Key, Cybersecurity, Social Engineering, Phishing.

Security tokens are an important aspect of authenticating users to access sensitive systems and data. They are often combined with logins, passwords, and biometrics to authorize access. In authentication language, a security token is known as “something you have” and will normally be entered alongside other credentials to prove identity.

Security tokens come in several different forms, including a device that provides an authentication code based on user input, data and time, or other factors. Security tokens can also be accessed via mobile devices, through the use of something like a one time password that is sent via SMS or email.

Simple security tokens may be cards with printed out combinations of letters or numbers that need to be entered by the user. Some types of security token will only provide access codes in response to a PIN or other input from the user, adding another layer of security.

In all these cases, security tokens significantly reduce the risks of unauthorized access. For example, social engineering and phishing may allow a hacker to obtain a login and password, but without a security token code, they still would not be able to access sensitive systems and data.

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