Security Token

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Full Title or Meme

Security Tokens come in two radically different forms, as hardware fobs, or as protected software packets.

Context

The first Security Token was a letter of introduction, typically with some complex wax seal, or an unclonable chop with an inked impression to show authenticity with an Unclonable Identity.

Problem

Generating Trust when the trust guarantor is not physically present.

Software Token Solutions

Hardware Token Solutions

  • Early hardware token were little more than a non-volatile memory chip embedded in plastic. These looked like, and could be used like a metal key, including when stolen and could be copied with little effort.
  • As with the software token solution, the result of use of the hardware token will be some information sent over an internet connection, perhaps as a token, or perhaps embedded in the connection protocol.


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