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(also identification, authentication, verification)

Credentials definition

Credentials are a set of login or authentication data that verify a user’s identity and grant them access to a particular system or service. Usually, credentials include a username and a password. However, the term can also refer to other types of identification, such as a security token, biometric data, smart cards, OTP, and security questions and answers. Credentials protect against unauthorized access and ensure only the right individual can access sensitive resources, log in to a computer, access a service, or use a network or a server.

Credentials benefits

  • Better security. Authentication requires valid credentials and grants access only to authorized users. Thus, they help prevent unauthorized access from third parties to sensitive information and resources.
  • Personalization. Each user can use a unique identifier, such as a token, meaning organizations can audit user activity and provide a customized experience for each user.
  • Access control. Organizations can use credentials to set up control access or access levels in-house and help prevent data breaches and other security incidents.
  • Accountability. Credentials help identify who has access to specific information or resources. They help organizations hold employees accountable and detect and respond to security incidents and other compliance issues.
  • Compliance. Many regulations and standards require organizations to implement access control systems with credentials. By implementing credentials, organizations can ensure compliance with these regulations and avoid legal or financial penalties.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security