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authentication

Biometrics
The use of a personal feature—e.g., face, hand, fingerprint, signature, voice, iris, or other highly specific indicator—to verify a person’s identity, and restrict access to private information to authorised persons.

Informatics
Confirmation of a user's identity, generally through a user name and password.

authentication

Biometrics The use of a personal feature, eg, face, hand, fingerprint, signature, voice, iris, or other highly specific indicator to verify a person's identity, and restrict access to information to authorized persons; confirmation of a user's identity, generally through user name and password or biometric characteristics. See Biometrics. Cf Authorization.

au·then·ti·ca·tion

(aw-thenti-kāshŭn)
Protocol to confirm the identify someone logged onto a computer.

authentication

(o-then″ti-kā′shŏn)
In an electronic health record or other computer system, a security mechanism (such as a digital signature) that provides for a unique means of identifying a system user.
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These include Salt Group's hybrid transaction authentication token MSign, MCode or SMS authentication tokens.
As well as the one time password system, Arcor has provided each of its mobile employees and business partners with an Arcor Authentication Token which will reportedly increase the level of security and decrease the chance that sensitive corporate data will be compromised.
The new product was created by combining the iKey USB authentication token from Rainbow with the XSChat secure instant messaging application from WetStone.
"Given the breadth of information stolen, the attackers may nevertheless be able to maintain persistent access to various accounts and services by using the stolen authentication tokens from the keychain, even after they lose access to the device," he said.
The OOB authentication method comprises mobile phone-based OOB authentication tokens, including backup call and SMS and hardware OOB authentication tokens.
"As a precautionary measure, Facebook automatically invalidated the authentication tokens of exploited users, meaning they were automatically logged out," said Solling.
"According to Facebook, it is not a breach but a misuse of authentication tokens. There is a slight difference as the latter means the attacker will not have access to your password but would be able to impersonate you on Facebook-related services.
The cybersecurity firm said a piece of malware called Gooligan mines Android devices for email addresses and authentication tokens, giving hackers the ability to breach Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive and G Suite accounts.

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