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Credentials Read our definition of Credentials

Credentials, also known as authentication factors, are the mechanisms that a user can use to assert his identity to a system or application.

Broadly, credentials fall into three categories:

  • Something the user knows -- i.e., a secret, such as a password, PIN or the answer to a security question.
  • Something the user has, such as a one time password token, smart card or mobile phone.
  • Something the user is, meaning a biometric measurement of the user -- his voice print, finger print, vein pattern scan, iris or retina scan or some behaviour, such as his typing cadence.

Hitachi ID Password Manager is a solution that helps users to more effectively manage their already-existing credentials and resolve problems such as forgotten passwords or PINs in a self-service fashion.

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