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What is the difference between hardware and software tokens?

Answer

A hardware token is a small physical device. A software token is a virtual piece of software that is installed on a users electronic device, such as a mobile phone. Both tokens generate a single-use code to use when accessing a platform.

 

Background

Two-factor authentication is a security process which requires the user to provide two different authentication methods to verify themselves when accessing a web platform. Single-factor authentication is your username and password. Two-factor authentication is recommended because it adds extra security to protect your login credentials and access to a web platform account. In addition to your username and password, you enter a single-use code that is generated via either a software token on your mobile phone or a physical hardware token.

 

Steps

1. To set up a software token on your mobile phone, go to the ‘How do I configure two-factor authentication’ help page and follow the instructions

2. To request a hardware token, go to the ‘How do I get a hardware token’ help page and follow the instructions

 

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