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Definition of Password Synchronization

Password Synchronization is any software or network infrastructure that enables users to maintain uniform Password values on multiple Login Accounts, on multiple Host System.

For instance, a user might have two Unix accounts, one NetWare NDS account and one Windows NT account. A Password Synchronization system is any system that helps the user change all of these passwords simultaneously, and thus keep them at the same value.

The security objectives of Password Synchronization are:

Password Synchronization also reduces support costs, by:

While Password Synchronization indirectly affects the Authentication process, by updating Passwords, it is not directly involved in the process by which a user logs into any system. This makes it much simpler, cheaper and more reliable than Single Sign-On technologies.

Password Synchronization comes in different flavours, any of which may be combined: